Professional Development

At Perkins eLearning, our professional development opportunities come in a range of formats, allowing you to select the option that best suits your needs. From free video presentations to credit-earning online classes, we can help you further your education in a way that’s both convenient and engaging.  

Our professional development offerings are divided into two categories. All “Watch and Learn” options are offered free of charge, while our “Earn Credits” options vary in cost, depending on how many credits are awarded. Read more about individual offerings below, and let us know if we can assist you with your decision!

Earn Credits

Online Classes

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Online classes are mini-courses that offer an opportunity for educators to earn graduate credit, as well as continuing education credit or ACVREP credits. Our classes cover many topics including individualized education programs (IEPs) for students who are blind or visually impaired, working with learners with autism spectrum disorders, and information for care providers of students with CHARGE Syndrome.

Self-Paced Online Tutorials

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Our self-paced online tutorials allow you to consume training materials on your own schedule. These web-based tutoria cover a range of topics including communication, visual impairment & blindness, and curriculum & instruction. ACVREP and continuing education credits are available.

Onsite Training (Perkins Training Center)

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At the Perkins Training Center, we offer training for educators and service providers interested in students who are blind or visually impaired, including those with additional disabilities or deafblindness. Training is offered face-to-face on the Perkins Campus in Watertown, MA, as well as onsite through customized training opportunities. We also offer blended training, in which face-to-face training and online training are combined. See the calendar for upcoming events!

Watch and Learn


Student working in the school storeOur library of webcasts lets you learn from the experts on a variety of specific topics related to blindness and visual impairment. Each pre-recorded video is fully captioned and accompanied by a transcript. Topics range from adaptive physical education activities to tips for parents on advocating for children who are deafblind.   


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With our webinars you’ll watch recorded live broadcasts presenting information on a range of topics related to blindness, including assistive technology, independent living skills and literacy.


Teachable Moments


Dog licking the face of a boyEach of these free five-minute videos demonstrates a specific skill in literacy, communication or science that can be taught to students who are blind or visually impaired, deafblind or have multiple disabilities. Many of our "Teachable Moments" are brought to you by Perkins teachers or staff who have developed activities or strategies through their work with our students.


Click the "Share Lesson Ideas" tab on our homepage to learn about how you can earn continuing education credits by submitting your activities!