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Professional Learning Units

Option 1: Professional Learning Unit Activities/College Coursework

Submit official training certificates and/or official transcripts verifying satisfactory completion of the equivalent of 120 clock hours, eight college credit hours, or a combination of both of professional learning/development activities completed within the previous four years.

  • The equivalent of 120 hours means that you successfully completed 120 actual clock hours of activities within the applicable time period. One professional learning unit (PLU) equals one clock hour. One college credit equals 15 clock hours. (example: 3 college credits x 15 = 45 clock hours)
  • A minimum of 60 hours must be directly related to the area of the credential being renewed (see D-1 in domain table below). The additional hours may align with any of the areas indicated in the domain table. See example below.
  • For example, when renewing a Mathematics credential, you must submit at least 60 clock hours/ four college credits of mathematics specific training activities. The remaining 60 hours may come from any combination of the eight content areas listed in the activity domain table.
  • Training activities delivered by the employing local education agency (LEA), accredited colleges or universities, national education organizations, related industry organizations, national professional development provider organizations, and state education agency facilitated activities are accepted.

Note: When renewing two or more credentials at the same time, (as detailed above) 120 hours is required for one of the credential(s). An additional 45 hours of specific content in the subject area of the additional credential being renewed shall be required.

Professional Learning Activity – Domain Table

D-1 Increases content knowledge and competence in the specific subject area of the credential D-5 Increases knowledge of local, state, or national  educational initiatives and goals
D-2 Increases effective instruction and methodologies D-6 Improves school and community engagement
D-3 Increases school leadership strategies and skills D-7 Increases knowledge of best practices and trends
D-4 Increases knowledge of curriculum and standards (i.e., local, state, national) D-8 Increases knowledge of resources and services for schools