ED 589 The Power of Positive: Promoting Growth Mindsets with Your Students & Self.

Adams State University CREDITS · 1 Semester Credits

CEUS for Teachers has partnered with Adams State University (ASU) to offer high-quality courses using the flexibility of online delivery. Participants must have a bachelor's degree to be eligible.

To take a Professional Development Course and earn ASU Credit:

  1. First register for the course below.
  2. Complete the course.
  3. Once you have successfully completed the course, you may then register for ASU graduate credit on their website. Directions for registration will be offered at the completion of the course.
  4. Students pay a seperate fee to ASU for the university credit ($55.00 per credit). 

Fee Breakdown:

  1. Class Fee - $100.00 to CEUS for Teachers
  2. Adams State University- $55.00 for 1 semester hour paid at the end of the course to ASU.
  3. Total Cost with Credit = $155.00 (no textbook needed

After you have completed the course and applied for credit:

  • CEUS for teachers will send a grade report to ASU within 72 hours.
  • Once your record is finalized, ASU will mail a free official transcript within 5-7 days.
  • Additional copies may be ordered online by going to: http://www.studentclearinghouse.org/


This course is designed to explore different strategies and instructional approaches to help students succeed in the classroom. Teachers will learn to recognize the role of teaching students about a Growth Mindset and Grit.

The course is targeted for educators in the K-12 grade levels, including special education, counselors, administration, sports coaches, and instructional coaches.


  Upon completion of this course, students will be able to: 

  1. Define Grit and describe how to effectively use it in the classroom.
  2. Define Mindset and describe how to effectively use it in the classroom.
  3. Summarize attitudes about the terms Grit and Mindset in education.
  4. Develop a mission/vision statement related to how the concept of Grit and Mindset plays a role in instruction. 

Required Texts: None


In order to receive a Passing grade, the participant must: 

1. Class Participation: Each student is expected to read assigned material, participate in online discussions for each lesson and activities related to course objectives. 

2. Activities: A number of different learning activities will ensure participant engagement and learning in the course. These include:

  • Develop written summaries for assigned articles.
  • Create a PowerPoint or poster on Grit and Mindset.
  • Create a statement of philosophy about Grit and Mindset.

3. Reflective Journal Entries: The journals will require students to make a connection from the course theory and materials to the student’s own classroom practices.

4. Culminating Project: The final project will integrate the student’s learning of all lessons. The materials will be synthesized into a final project that illustrates how the content will be used in the teacher’s classroom. The student can choose which final project to complete. The student will complete one of the following options:  

Develop a poster, presentation, or paper that describes the fundamentals of helping students succeed through Grit and Mindset.


Write a letter to parents or your students that describes the role of Grit and Mindset.  


  • Discussion Participation (20 points)
  • Article Summaries (20 points)
  • Grit and Mindset PowerPoint (10 points)
  • Reflective Journals (20 points)
  • Culminating Project (30 points)                                   

Grade Scale:

  • A =  90- 100 points
  • B =  80-89 points
  • C = 70-79 points
  • D = 60-69 points
  • F = 59 and lower