Professional Development

The Children’s Museum of the Upstate offers professional development courses for teachers, school administrators, and museum educators. Held at TCMU-Greenville, our workshops provide practical and innovative ways for educators to help students flourish in and out of the classroom. We have added one new Professional Development workshop in Spartanburg! See details below.

These events are free to teachers.

"Thank you again for the excellent class today. I'm looking forward to implementing all I learned today in my first grade class. I look forward to more professional development opportunities at TCMU."
-1st grade teacher from Greenville County

Educators will receive a certificate of participation at the completion of each course. Courses will count for renewal credit in the following districts.  Check with your district if yours isn't listed below.

  • Anderson 1
  • Anderson 5
  • Chester County
  • Fort Mills School District, NC
  • Greenville County
  • Laurens 56
  • Newberry County
  • Pickens County
  • Spartanburg 2
  • Spartanburg 5
  • Spartanburg 6
  • Stephens County, GA


Upcoming Events

SciGirls Click here to register
October 19, 2019 |10:00 am-12:00 pm | TCMU-Greenville
Target Audience: Elementary and Middle School Teachers of Science
SciGirls is a broad national outreach effort to encourage educators to learn about new, research-based strategies to engage girls in STEM. Join Wanda Staggers, a certified SciGirls trainer, as she teaches educators how to spark the excitement in science and engineering. The workshop will include SciGirls’ videos, access to an interactive website, and hands-on activities that work together to address a singular but powerful goal: to inspire, enable, and maximize STEM learning and participation for all girls, with an eye toward future STEM careers.

Makey-Makey - Registration opens January 6, 2020
In Spartanburg: February 8, 2020 | In Greenville: February 15, 2020
10:00 am–12:00 pm
Target Audience: Elementary Educators
This Makey-Makey Invention Workshop for Educators is a fun, hands-on learning experience where you’ll learn how to teach Invention, Literacy, Making, and Design Thinking using the award winning Makey-Makey invention kit. You’ll explore how basic circuits work, use paper and pencil to create drawings that speak, build pressure sensitive switches from cardboard, and make clever inventions that solve real world problems. Best of all, everyone receives a free Makey-Makey and a certificate of completion.

PLAYWORKS – Registration opens March 23, 2020
April 25, 2020 | 9:00 am-12:00 pm | TCMU-Greenville
The Power of Play workshop introduces the importance of play and lays the foundation for creating a safe, healthy, and respectful environment for youth. In the Playworks Power of Play training, we give all teachers and school staff the introductory tools needed to create safe and inclusive play opportunities for all students, in the classroom and in recess play spaces. The training includes a discussion of the various barriers youth may face and how adults can help youth navigate and overcome these challenges. Participants walk away understanding how to select and initiate games that support the physical, social, and emotional development of your students. Come dressed in active wear and be prepared to play like a kid!

Other professional development programs can be tailored to fit the needs of your program. For more information please contact:
Jane Gomez
Director of Educational Outreach

Thank you to our generous sponsors who make these programs possible:

Thank you to our generous sponsors for funding museum scholarships:

The Arkwright Foundation - The Balle Foundation - The Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation