The Professional Development Program at Madonna University is the perfect opportunity for teachers, administrators, and other educational professionals to earn non-degree graduate credit required for certificate renewal and pay increases (determined by school/district). Participation and reflection upon pre-approved workshops, conferences, and online course partnerships that are above and beyond your contractual duties, not only add to your professional growth, but help you earn non-degree graduate credit as well.  Please contact our office with questions and approval requests.

PDP Information:

PDP Registration:

PDP Forms:

On-Campus Workshops:

  • Coming soon!

Workshop Promotions:

  • DEI Talk: Moving from Talk to Sustainable Action at Mercy High School in Farmington Hills, MI (November 12th, 2021)
    • A one-day, in-person summit of talks, activities, and workshops to inform and empower educators to create and sustain anti-racist, inclusive, and just learning environments for all students. 
    • View more information and sign up here!
    • Earn up to four (4) SCECH through Madonna University for attendance/participation. 

Contact Information

Cierra Sutherland, MA

Director of Matriculation 
PDP & SCECH Coordinator


Mailing Address

Madonna University
Education Division – PDP
36600 Schoolcraft Road
Livonia, Michigan 48150

Professional Development Program Administrators

Cierra Sutherland

Cierra Sutherland, MA

Director of Matriculation

PDP & SCECH Coordinator

B.A. Alma College

M.A. Madonna University


734-432-5697, 2230E

Cierra Sutherland, MA

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Karen Obsniuk, PhD

Dean, College of Education and Human Development


B.S. Wayne State University

M.A. Wayne State University

Ph.D. Wayne State University


734-432-5648, 2230D

Karen Obsniuk, PhD

Karen L. Obsniuk, Ph.D., is the Dean of the College of Education. She joined the faculty of Madonna University in 1996. Previously, she was an adjunct faculty, while working in K-12 schools as a teacher and school administrator. She completed her doctoral degree in Administration and Supervision, with a cognate in curriculum, and her M.A. in English Literature, at Wayne State University. She teaches in the areas of educational practice and action research.

Her interests include educational change, K-12 student behavior, literacy intervention with at-risk students, and quality of work life issues for teachers. Her research has been mixed methods research primarily with pre-service and in-service teachers, school administrators, and EL learners. She is actively engaged in the field of education through her work at the State and local levels, serving on State committees and a local board. 

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