What are the types of professional learning you offer?

Online – All online.  You will have four weeks from the start date to complete the course.  You will work your way through eight modules of learning.

Blended – A combination of face to face learning and online learning,  3 days onsite and 2 days online.

Face to Face Learning – Onsite learning

What are the titles of the courses?

Face to Face and Blended

  • Michigan Education Conference, Lansing, MI -  EDU 517 Best Practices in Teaching and Learning - June 25-27
  • Michigan Teaching and Learning Conference, Grand Rapids, MI - EDU 517 Instructional Strategies to Increase Student Success and Engage Learners - July 23-25

Online Courses

What are the requirements for online courses?

Participants will complete reflection papers pertaining to the articles assigned and information presented.  Participants will complete a final paper due at the completion of the course.  Each online course is four weeks in duration.  Participants will learn through eight modules in each course that consists of readings and videos.

What are the conference requirements for Face to Face and Blended courses?

The requirements for all conferences are attendance and a daily written response relating to the topic for the day.  Note: This may vary by conference.

Who should attend conferences or take online courses?

All of our conferences are appropriate for a range of K-12 teachers, administrators, counselors, social workers, directors, or anyone working with students.

Can course assignments be completed during the conference?

Yes, there will be time to complete assignments during the day.

Can the credit be used for teacher and administrative re-certification?

Yes, each conference we offer can be taken for 75 State Continuing Education Clock Hours (SCECHS) or 3 Graduate Credits.

Is Spring Arbor University an accredited school?

All graduate degrees offered by the SAU's School of Education are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  www.arbor.edu

Will I really earn three graduate credits if I select the graduate credit option?

Yes. You will earn a letter grade for the course.

Is it a letter grade course for graduate credit?

Yes, you will earn a letter grade for the course.

When will course grades be available?

For graduate credit courses, an email will be sent to you indicating how to access your grade after the completion of the online course or conference.  Online course grades are available approximately two weeks after the close of the course.  Conference course grades are available four weeks post conference.  SCECHS are available the week after the conference.

Can I take the conference or online class for SCECHs AND Graduate Credit?

No, you must select either 3 Graduate Credits or SCECHS.

Where is nearby lodging?

Michigan Education Conference and iFireUP 2018 hotel rate

Deadline for conference price - May 25, 2018, or until full

Country Inn and Suites - $108 per night  

6511 Centurion Road

Lansing, MI  48917


Online www.countryinns.com Promotional Code 1806IFIR

Crown Plaza Lansing - $169 per night


Online www.crownplaza.com/lansingwest - Group code FRE

Michigan Teaching Learning Conference - Grand Rapids

Deadline for conference price - June 24, 2018, or until full

Country Inn & Suites

3251 Deposit Dr. NE

Grand Rapids, MI  49546

(616) 942-7000

Book online http://www.countryinns.com/grmieast, click "more search options", and in the text box "Enter Code or ID" enter MIFIRE to get the conference rate.

Can I take this course more than once?

Spring Arbor University titles all graduate workshop courses EDU 517. The course is identified and distinguished by the course name. So, as long as the course name is different, you may take the course again!  Our conferences are all different course numbers, so you can attend the conference multiple times for credit.

Will meals be provided?

No, meals will not be provided. 

How do I pay for the online classes or conferences?

You may pay online or mail a check or Purchase Order.
Global Learning, 3063 Park South Drive, Jenison, MI  49428 or info@ifireup.com

Where can I find the agenda for a conference?

The agenda can be downloaded from the details page of a conference.

What are the dates for the 13th Annual Michigan Education Conference?

June 25-27, 2018 - 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (plus, two days independent study/online, we suggest July 28 and 29) - email us with any questions!  If you are nervous about the technology/online, do not be, we can email or mail you all the assignments if needed.

What are the dates for the 3rd Annual Michigan Teaching and Learning Conference?

July 23-25, 2018 - 8:00a.m.-4:00p.m. (plus, two days independent study/online, we suggest July 26 and 27) - email us with any questions!  If you are nervous about the technology/online, do not be, we can email or mail you all the assignments if needed.

When is the last date to register for a conference?

Michigan Education Conference, Lansing - Register by June 10, 2018 (or until full)  Michigan Teaching and Learning Conference, Grand Rapids, - Register by July 10, 2018 (or until full).

What is the cancellation policy?

All money will be refunded minus a $50 processing fee, if cancelled in writing prior to the cancellation deadline for a course or conference.  The cancellation deadlines are Michigan Education Conference - June 1, 2018,  Michigan Teaching and Learning Conference - July 1, 2018. 

Can I drop an online course?

Due to the nature and timeline of the online courses, once the course has started that you registered for, you are unable to drop the course and receive a refund.  You will need to complete the course in order to receive a grade or credit.  If you drop an online class prior to the start date, there will be a $50 cancellation processing fee.

What if I need a printed order form?

Visit this link.

How do I get a course syllabus?

Email info@ifireup.com, is the best way to contact us, or call (616) 284-7249.

What if I still have an unanswered question?

Email info@ifireup.com, the best way to contact us, or call (616) 284-7249.