Thinking Maps Professional Development

Thinking Maps LogoThinking Maps® are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. By visualizing our thinking, we create concrete images of abstract thoughts. These patterns help all students reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking which are essential components of 21st Century education. In a school-wide implementation, Thinking Maps establish a consistent Language for Learning.

Thinking Maps professional development is designed to increase teacher and leadership effectiveness. You can earn semester credits on a Chico State transcript, which may be valid for professional credit at the discretion of local school districts. These credits do not, however, meet degree or credential requirements* and are not calculated in the Grade Point Average. You are encouraged to check with your district prior to registering.


1) Register for your Thinking Maps training program on the Thinking Maps, Inc., website.

2) Register for the professional development units associated with your Thinking Maps training by choosing from the options below.

3) Each registration has its own associated fees, which are to be paid separately with each registration.

COURSESpring Registration Deadline is May 1st
Thinking Maps: Path to Proficiency for English Language Learners
RDGL 801A-201
Thinking Maps: Training of Trainers
RDGL 801D-201
Write From Beginning...and Beyond-Expository Training of Trainers
RDGL 802A-201
Write From Beginning...and Beyond-Narrative Training of TrainersRDGL 802B-201
Write From Beginning...and Beyond-Argumentative Training of TrainersRDGL 802C-201
Write From Beginning...and Beyond-Response to Text Training of TrainersRDGL 802D-201

Questions regarding the content should be directed to the Thinking Maps representative or the instructor of record.

Official Transcripts

You can order an official transcript online for an additional fee. Your transcript shows university work for courses numbered 001-899. Courses numbered 800-899 do not apply towards a degree unless approved by the appropriate department. Successful completion of an 800 level course will appear on the transcript with a CR or Letter grade and a value in the attempted field that may not be reflected in the earned field or the summary totals. Credit/No Credit Grading: If you plan to transfer to graduate or professional schools, be aware that some schools in evaluating transfer credit may regard Credit (CR) grades as C's and No Credit (NC) grades as F's. 


Your grades can be viewed online through the Chico State Portal. If you have not activated a portal account, follow the steps below. You will need to enter your date of birth and the nine-digit Chico State Portal ID number you received with your registration confirmation.

Step 1. Go to the "Claim Your Account" page
Step 2. Enter your Chico State ID & Date of Birth
Step 3. Answer the security questions
Step 4. Your account should be activated
Step 5. Enter the Student Center
Step 6. Select "Grades" under Academic History
Step 7. Select the term you wish to view grades

If you did not supply Continuing Education with your date of birth you will not have access to activate an account. If you are experiencing difficulty and do not remember if you supplied us with your date of birth, you should contact our office so that this information can be added to the system. Once the system is updated, approximately 24 hours after you contact us, you should have access. If you do not, please contact the Help Desk at 530-898-HELP (4357) or

Once your Portal account has been created, log in with your username (generally your first initial and last name) and your unique password.


* Degree credits: These courses are designed to meet objectives not served by established graduate and undergraduate courses. However, in exceptional cases and with the approval of the appropriate department chair and the dean of your school, they may be applied toward degree and credential programs for which such courses are deemed acceptable. Determination of the acceptability of these courses for degree and credential credit will depend primarily upon course content and approach. If you are considering using these courses for credential or degree purposes, consult with the appropriate department before registering.
Thinking Maps® is a registered trademark of Thinking Maps, Inc.

Note: online registration can only occur from this webpage. When adding more than one course from within your shopping cart, click on the back url button to return to this page and you'll be able to select another course or simply return to this page.