Course Opens Online on January 16, 2023

You have 8 enrollment dates to choose from: January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27. You will choose one of these dates when you register.


  • These are online classes or workshops that are asynchronous; you work at your own pace! You will sign up for the course/workshop through a website and you will have a code to access a google classroom.
  • The course/30 hours of PD will take 8 weeks to complete on your own time; with a high focus on skill development for self-care. The 30 hour option requires no final project
  • The workshops are virtual and will take 4 weeks to complete on your own time; with a focus in one of three areas: nutrition, fitness or stress management. Each focus area represents one third of the total graduate class (with no projects). You are not required to meet with the instructor and you will receive a certificate of completion once you have done the online assignments.
  • You will be given The H.E.A.R.T. Method of Self-Care for Educators, a 250 page workbook to use with the course, free of charge.
  • NOTE: The course is open enrollment, all online and asynchronous. Students choose a date closest to the date/month they want to start (January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27).

LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM: Google Classroom and Videos

INSTRUCTOR: Rebecca C. Day, M.Ed


  • $1225.00: 3 credit Graduate course (includes free 250 page textbook)
  • $725.00: 30 Recertification hours (choose on website, includes free 250 page textbook) 
  • $325.00: 10 Recertification hours – Nutrition (choose on website, includes free 250 page workbook)
  • $325.00: 10 Recertification hours – Fitness (choose on website, includes free 250 page workbook)
  • $325.00: 10 Recertification hours – Stress Management (choose on website, includes free 250 page workbook)     


The stress of teaching has reached an all-time high in the United States. Teachers are asked to fill many roles for a school:  be a teacher of content area, provide social emotional support to students, ensure all learners reach high levels of proficiency in their work, as well- being guardians to the community as stellar role models. Teachers are caring and supportive by nature and they give energy every day to others. Their own personal stress often goes unnoticed, by themselves and others. This course is specifically designed to provide educators with practical self-care strategies that can be implemented immediately. 

The participants in this course will develop a thorough plan for personal self care that will focus on balancing their daily work and personal lives. The course is designed so learners can create their own learning outcomes within the realm of self care. They will be coached by the instructor in the areas of nutrition,exercise, and stress management with an emphasis on habit change. 

The course will discuss the physiology of stress and its impact on the body; help educators identify their own beliefs that can exacerbate daily stress and most importantly help them to establish habits for change that will help diminish stress. 

Participants through their own self growth will bring a renewed energy to their profession and their personal lives. 

AUDIENCE: All teachers and administrators


  • Understand the correlation between self care and the capacity to improve their practice as educators
  • Understand the physiology behind stress and the impact it has on the human body
  • Understand how to design a plan for self care that can be used daily
  • Understand how habit change can impact their personal and professional growth
  • Understand contemporary research as it relates to the importance of self care for all professionals and job satisfaction 


  • Complete the activities in: The H.E.A.R.T Method of Self-Care for Educators workbook
  • Identify areas of focus for change in their personal and professional lives by establishing attainable goals
  • Keep a reflective journal to chronicle their personal change as it relates to coaching strategies they have experienced in the class
  • Be asked to make a connection between self care strategies and teaching performance – via completing course activities and reflections
  • Submit 1 final project incorporating new learning from this course. They will be required to connect reflections of their new learning to personal or professional habit change using cited materials from the class


  • Online submissions: 20% of grade
  • Final Project: 80% of grade
  • This will be different for recertification hours – you will submit proof of online course viewing and submissions of work in google classroom only.


  • Day, Rebecca C., The H.E.A.R.T. Method of Self-Care for Educators. A published workbook, May 2020. 


  • Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit : Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. New York: Random House Trade Paperbacks, 2014.
  • Ornish, Dean M.D., & Ornish, Anne. UnDo It ! : How Simple LifeStyle Changes can Reverse Most Chronic Diseases. New York: Ballantine Books, 2019.
  • Ratey, John J. M.D., with Hagerman, Eric. Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and The Brain. New York, Boston, London: Little, Brown and Company, 2013.
  • Walker, PHD., Matthew. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams. New York: Scribner, 2017.


  • Mitrovic I. et al. Rewiring the Stress Response: A New Paradigm for Health Care, Hypothesis 2011, 9(1): e4.
  • Eve Van Cauter, PhD.; Kristin Knutson, PhD.; Rachel Leproult, PhD.; Karine Spiegel, PhD.
  • “The Impact of Sleep Deprivation on Hormones and Metabolism.”
  • www.medscape.org, Medscape Neurology,
  • www.medscape.org/viewarticle/502825. Accessed August 2019

Grading Policy:

Grades are indicated by letters with a designated “quality point” value assigned to each as follows:

  • A (4.0)
  • A- (3.7)    
  • B+ (3.3)  
  • B (3.0)  
  • B- (2.7)  
  • C+ (2.3)

Additional grading information can be found in the Castleton University Graduate Catalog, under Academic Policies, accessible online at: http://catalog.castleton.edu/index.php


Castleton University is a learning institution committed to the highest standards of scholarly conduct. The students, faculty, and administration make up a scholarly community whose integrity and success necessarily stem from a mutually agreed upon code of academic standards and principles that promote trust and honesty and prohibit the attempt to gain unfair academic advantage. Membership in the Castleton community means sharing responsibility for upholding and safeguarding these academic standards and principles. 

Any violation of academic honesty will be considered cheating and will be dealt with accordingly by the appropriate authorities.

For more information click the following link to access the 2019/2020 Castleton University Graduate Catalog Academic Policy section: http://catalog.castleton.edu/content.php?catoid=16&navoid=1204#Academic_Honesty


For information and guidance, faculty and students are referred to the Vermont State College Manual of Policy and Procedures as it relates to the use and ownership of copyrighted materials. Guidelines are set out in Policy 416, accessible online at the following address: http://www.castleton.edu/library/information-literacy-graduation-standard/information-literacy-tutorial/information-ethics-citing-sources-and-fair-use/


Castleton is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified students with disabilities so that no such student shall, by reason of a disability, be excluded from participating in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs or activities of Castleton University. For more information, please contact the Coordinator of Disability Services, at (802) 468-1428.


Castleton University offers courses to educators with the expectation that participants will complete the course.  However, the University realizes circumstances arise in one’s personal life that may cause disruptions.  The policy for dropping a course is that a participant will notify the instructor in writing of the intent to withdraw from the course.  The withdrawal notice should be made within the first week of the course and should include the reason for withdrawing. 

After week one, changes in class status will be considered for health, bereavement, and personal or emergency situations only. Those who withdraw without adhering to this policy may receive a failing grade on their transcript and/or be liable for associated course costs.

For more Academic Policy information, check the link below to access the Castleton University Graduate Catalog: http://catalog.castleton.edu/content.php?catoid=23&navoid=2159



Course/Workshop Details

The H.E.A.R.T. Method of Self-Care For Teachers

Rebecca C. Day | Call (802) 355-2870 | Email bday8786@gmail.com
(You may contact me at any time!)

January 16, January 23, January 30, February 6, February 13, February 20, February 27, March 6, March 13, March 20, March 27


LEVEL: Graduate

– 30 hours of completion certificate (no final project)
– 10 hours of workshop completion certificate (online)



EDU 5515 C24: January 16 – March 11
EDU 5515 C24: January 23 – March 18
EDU 5515 C24: January 30 – March 25
EDU 5515 C24: February 6 – April 1
EDU 5515 C24: February 13 – April 8
EDU 5515 C24: February 20 – April 15
EDU 5515 C24: February 27 – April 22
EDU 5515 C24: March 6 – April 29
EDU 5515 C24: March 13 – May 6
EDU 5515 C24: March 20 – May 13
EDU 5515 C24: March 27 – May 20

Course Registration | How It Works

Information on registering for a course or workshop is below. Once you’ve registered, you will receive an email with information on completing payment via PayPal, if this payment option was selected. Once payment is completed, you will receive another email with information on accessing the course:

  • 1) Register with Health Solutions Associates by completing the form. Once you register you will receive a welcome letter with a link to register with our credit granting institution: Castleton University. If you are taking this program for recertification credits you do not need to register with Castleton University.
  • 2 Fees:
    • $1225.00 (3 graduate credit course) or
    • $725.00 (30 hours Professional Development certificate)
    • $325.00 (10 hrs. PD certificate – Nutrition)
      $325.00 (10 hrs. PD certificate – Fitness)
      $325.00 (10 hrs. PD certificate – Stress Management)
  • 3) Payment Options:
    • Invoice Your School
    • Send Check to:
      Health Solutions Associates
      7 Aspen Drive
      South Burlington, VT 05403
  • 4) Email Confirmations:
    • Thank You for Registering
    • Course Accessibility

Course Registration | Complete Form

$ 0.00
* If you are invoicing your school, please fill out the below information. ** Send check to: Health Solutions Associates, 7 Aspen Drive, South Burlington, VT 05403

For more information please call (802) 355-2870 or email bday8786@gmail.com.