Continuing Professional Development – Professional Development Units
If you are employed under contract with a district please contact your HR office.
Professional Development Units – Generally
Professional Development Units (PDUs) are now required for all unrestricted renewable licenses that are valid for full time teaching EXCEPT for the following licenses:
Initial Teaching License (tests are generally required)*
Initial I Teaching License (GRADUATE credit is required)*
Initial Administrator License (GRADUATE credit is required)*
Initial I School Counseling License (GRADUATE credit is required)*
PDUs are required by license type NOT employment status. Fully licensed (not on a substitute teaching license) educators now must complete 75 PDUs for a 3 year license and 125 PDUs for a 5 year license.
NOTE FOR SUBSTITUTES AND RESTRICTED SUBSTITUTES: In 2013, the Commission added a requirement that all substitute teachers would be required to earn Professional Development Units (PDUs) to renew a substitute license. In the Spring of 2015, school districts and educational service districts brought information to the Commission pointing to a severe substitute teacher shortage in most areas of Oregon. In response to the potential crisis, the Commission decided to rescind the PDU requirement for substitutes, with the provision to revisit the issue in Spring of 2017. Effective July 1, 2015 educators holding a Substitute or Restricted Substitute teaching license are no longer required to submit verification of PDUs earned to renew.
What activities may be used as PDUs?
Activities must fall within one of the seven “standards” specified in OAR 584-090-0110 in order to earn credit. These professional development opportunities do not differ from PDUs that were required if or when you were a full-time employed educator. The standards may be located at: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/pages/rules/oars_500/oar_584/584_090.html
Educators do not have to complete college coursework in order to earn PDU credit. Although coursework is completely acceptable, there are other options, as well. If an educator chooses to complete coursework, credit may be earned from a community college, college, or university so long as the course number is 100 or greater; in other words, either undergraduate or graduate level credit is acceptable.
Coursework counts as follows:
One quarter of college credit = 20 PDUs
One semester of college credit = 30 PDUs
For activities that are not college coursework, PDUs will be counted as one hour of “seat time” = one PDU.
You may not submit temporary education employment opportunities where your license is required as PDUs for renewal.
Where do I submit documentation?
If you are employed less than half-time, or are not currently working in an Oregon school district or charter school, then you must submit your PDU documentation to an Oregon Educators Professional Development Certification partnering Education Service District.
You may do this by going to the orepdc.k12.or.us website and following the simple instructions. You will be asked for demographic information and to pay a $25 processing fee. Once this is complete you will receive an e-mail with where to send your materials. Materials may be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax.
**Official transcripts are required when college or university courses are used as professional development. The ESD must receive these in a sealed envelope from the college/university, or by secure PDF sent directly from the college/university.
The ESDs will electronically verify your PDU documentation.