Offering Professional Development, Training or Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
CDE no longer pre-approves CEUs, training or professional development workshops, conferences or in-services. The entity that holds the professional development/training/in-service can issue a certificate or letter that specifically states the following and we would accept it for renewal credit if it is applicable to the educator's license:
- applicant's name
- date of the workshop, conference or in-service
- name of the workshop, conference or in-service
- contact/clock hours earned (see below for more information)
- representative's signature
There is such a wide variety of professional development that is supportive of our teachers that we simply find it impossible to approve all of it. We leave it very much to the individual educator to know what is best for them and upon submission of the renewal the educator must clearly indicate how the professional development meets their specific endorsement areas and what educational standards it addresses. Upon evaluation if there appears to be an un-clarified mismatch of professional development and need a formal audit will be conducted.
Accepted Renewal Activities
|I. In-service Education
12.02(1)(a)* In-service Education: A Colorado school district, non-public schools accredited by an agency recognized by the State Board of Education, or BOCES sponsored in-service education program. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. In-service certificates issued by the sponsoring school district or BOCES shall be submitted as evidence of completion of in-service education.
|II. College or University Coursework
12.02(1)(b)* College or University Credit: Credits earned from four-year or graduate accepted institutions of higher education, or an accepted community, technical or junior college. Courses must be directly related to the standards for professional development as provided in section 12.02 of these rules. Official transcripts must be submitted as evidence of completion of college credit.
|III. Involvement in School Reform
12.02 (1)(d)* Involvement in School Reform: One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. Verified by the licensee's supervisor, activities may include, but are not limited to:
12.02(1)(d)(i) Membership on school site or district accountability or improvement committee(s);
12.02(1)(d)(ii) Curriculum, standards of assessment development or implementation, in the licensee's endorsement content area;
12.02(1)(d)(iii) Implementation of standards;
12.02(1)(d)(iv) Development or implementation of a literacy or numeracy improvement program(s).
12.02(1)(e)* Internships: advanced field experiences offered as part of graduate study or other professional training designed to acquire knowledge or enhance the skills of the educator. The internship must be directly related to the standards for professional development as provided in section 12.02 of these Rules. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of participation. Official transcripts or supervisor verification must be submitted as evidence of completion.
12.02(1)(c)* Educational Travel: To be accepted as a professional development activity, educational travel shall be directly applicable to the endorsement area of the licensee, as documented by the licensee, and accompanied by supervisor verification. One semester hour of credit may be accepted for each 15 clock hours of involvement. Travel time to and from the intended destination shall not be included in the clock hours accumulated.
Example: Accepted travel experiences would include experiences such as the field hours a science teacher spends completing an environmental study program in Kenya or hours that a teacher spends in immersion classes during a summer in Guadalajara. Time spent in transit to and from a site cannot be accepted.
|VI. Ongoing Professional Development
12.02(1)(f)* Ongoing Professional Development and Training Experiences must occur within the license holder's present or future endorsement content area(s) or in the areas of literacy or numeracy, and may include, but are not limited to: attendance or presentation at professional conferences; service on state-wide or national educational task forces or boards; professional research and publication; supervision of student teachers; or interns; mentor-ships; and pursuit of national educator certification.
*Please note: Rules promulgated by the Colorado State Board of Education are subject to revision and change. While we do our best to keep this Web site current, please consult the Colorado Secretary of State's Web site (http://www.sos.state.co.us/CCR/AlphabeticalList.do) for the official rule as it is filed.
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