Professional Development Requirements: Continuing and Advanced PDUs

Professional development is required to:

  • Renew most licenses, registrations, or certificates (Continuing PDUs);
  • Reinstate most expired licenses; and
  • Move from the Preliminary License to the Professional Teaching License (Advanced PDUs).* 
  *If the educator has chosen to complete the Advanced Professional Development Program to satisfy the advanced education program requirement for the Professional Teaching License.  

Continuing PDUs: General Information 

  • Most licenses, registrations, and certificates require completion of PDUs for renewal:

    • 75 PDUs for a three-year license
    • 125 PDUs for a five-year license

  • Timeline for completion of PDUs:
    • PDUs must be completed during the life of the license except as provided for carryover units.
    • Carryover allowance: An educator may carryover 25 PDUs from their prior licensure period. The carryover PDUs may only be from their previous reporting period.
  • PDUs are calculated as follows:
    • 1 hour of continuing PDU activity = 1 PDU;
    • 1 quarter hour of college credit = 20 PDUs; or
    • 1 semester hour of college credit = 30 PDUs.
  • PDUs must include activities intended to increase the effectiveness as an educator. PDU activities must fall within one of seven Standards for Professional Learning.
  • PDUs can be earned by:
    • Completing college courses;
    • Attending workshops and conferences; and
    • Participating in other learning activities intended to increase the attendee's effectiveness as an educator.  
How to verify completion of Continuing PDUs: 
 
NOTE: Verifying PDUs is separate from the eLicensing application process. You will need to apply and pay fees through eLicensing in addition to the PDU verification process. Additionally, as long as you have submitted your eLicensing application and renewal fee prior to or on your license expiration date, TSPC will automatically active a 120-day grace period starting the day after your license expires. You may teach/substitute during the grace period.
  • Employed by a school district: Most school districts verify continuing PDUs for their employees by submitting a TSPC PEER form. Check with your employer to determine the PDU verification process.

  • Employed by a private school: Some private schools verify continuing PDUs for their employees by submitting a TSPC PEER form. Check with your employer to determine the PDU verification process.
  • Employed by a college or university: Educators employed as faculty at universities or colleges may use their course presentation hours to fulfill their continuing PDU requirements. Follow the instructions below to verify what PDU activities will be approved through a partnering ESD.

  • Unemployed or working for an employer that does not verify PDUs: TSPC has contracted with some ESDs for verification services. Follow the instructions below to verify through a partnering ESD.


How to submit verification through a partner ESD:

  • Visit the orepdc.k12.or.us website and following the instructions. (There is a $25 processing fee.)
    • Note: After confirming your name, email address, and phone number, you will be asked, "Are you needing to verify Advanced PDUs?" Select [No], since these instructions are for Continuing PDUs.
  • Once the submission process is complete, the ESD will send an e-mail that explains where to send supporting materials.
  • Materials may be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax.
  • The ESDs will electronically verify PDUs to TSPC within two weeks of completed submission.

For questions or concerns about PDU submissions or the OREPDC website, contact: orepdc-support@mesd.k12.or.us     


Continuing PDU Requirements: Reinstating Expired Licenses

  • To reinstate most expired educator licenses, you are required to complete additional PDUs. (See table below)
  • Note: If you currently hold another TSPC license that requires the completion of continuing PDUs, you do not need to complete additional PDUs to reinstate another license. (For example, you currently hold an administrator license and you are reinstating a teaching license -- no additional reinstatement PDUs required.)
  • Note:  PDUs must have been completed within five (5) years of the date of application to qualify for reinstatement requirements
  • Note:  You do not have to complete additional PDUs to reinstate a substitute or restricted substitute teaching license.
  • Note:  Old license types are reinstated as follows:
    • Initial I Teaching Licenses are reinstated as Preliminary Teaching Licenses.
    • Initial II Teaching Licenses are reinstated as Preliminary or Professional Teaching Licenses, depending on years of teaching experience.
    • Basic Teaching Licenses are reinstated as Preliminary or Professional Teaching Licenses, depending on years of teaching experience.
    • Standard Teaching Licenses are reinstated as Professional Teaching Licenses.
    • Continuing Teaching Licenses are reinstated as Professional Teaching Licenses.
Expiration period
Additional PDUs required
                      Preliminary/Legacy:
             Total PDUs required to Reinstate
(# of additional PDUs +
required renewal PDUs)
Professional:
Total PDUs required to Reinstate
(# of additional PDUs +
required renewal PDUs)
Less than one year
None
75 PDUs, 4 quarters, or
3 semesters
125 PDUs, 7 quarters, or
5 semesters
More than one year,
less than two years
25 additional PDUs
100 PDUs, 5 quarters, or
4 semesters
150 PDUs, 8 quarters, or
5 semesters
More than two years,
less than three years
50 additional PDUs
125 PDUs, 7 quarters, or
5 semesters
175 PDUs, 9 quarters, or 
6 semesters
More than three years,
less than four years
75 additional PDUs
150 PDUs, 8 quarters, or
5 semesters
200 PDUs, 10 quarters, or
7 semesters
More than four years,
less than five years
100 additional PDUs
175 PDUs, 9 quarters, or
6 semesters
225 PDUs, 12 quarters, or
8 semesters
More than five years,
less than six years
125 additional PDUs
200 PDUs, 10 quarters, or
7 semesters
250 PDUs, 13 quarters, or
9 semester
Expired for more than six years
150 additional PDUs
225 PDUs, 12 quarters, or
8 semesters
275 PDUs, 14 quarters, or
10 semesters
        
 
ADVANCED PDUs: General Information
 
Advanced PDUs is a district-centered program option for moving from the Preliminary Teaching License to the Professional Teaching License. The Advanced PDUs district program is called the Advanced Professional Development Program.
 
The Advanced Professional Development Program is:
  • Developed jointly with the applicant and employing district or public school
  • Based on the employing school district evaluations of the applicant
  • Aligned with annual performance goals of the applicant
  • Specifically tailored to advance the applicant from novice to professional skill level
  • Made up of at least 150 Professional Development Units (PDUs)
To verify Advanced PDUs, a district or school must submit the Advanced Professional Development Completion form (APD form) on the Forms and Instructions​ page.
 
 
FAQs on Advanced PDUs:
 
Q.  When can a teacher earn advanced PDUs?
A.  A teacher must earn advanced PDUs while they hold a Preliminary Teaching License or the former Initial I Teaching License.
Q.  What is the difference between continuing PDUs and advanced PDUs?
A.  Continuing PDUs are for renewal of the same license. Advanced PDUs are one way to move (advance) from the Preliminary to Professional Teaching license. Advanced PDUs are specifically tailored to meet the performance goals of the novice teacher.  
QIs a teacher required to complete advanced PDUs?
A. No. The Advanced PDU program is one program option to move to the Professional Teaching License. A teacher may also choose to complete a master's degree, a doctorate, advanced licensure, endorsement, specialization or national certification program. The Advanced PDU program is the only program that a district or public school participates in and verifies.
Q.  Is completing an advanced program the only requirement to move from the Preliminary to Professional Teaching License?
A.  No. A teacher must also complete four full years of teaching experience.
Q.  Are advanced PDUs used only for teaching licenses?
A.  Yes. Advanced PDUs are currently only used for advancing from the Preliminary to Professional Teaching License. They are not used for personnel, CTE, or administrative licenses at this time.
Q.  Are there different advanced PDU requirements for teachers who earned a bachelor’s in teacher preparation vs. a master’s?
A.  No. Both bachelor’s and master’s prepared teachers have the same requirements to move from the Preliminary Teaching License to the Professional Teaching License.
Q.  Who can sign (verify) the Advanced Professional Development Completion form (APD form)?
A.   Only the superintendent or designee may sign the form certifying the applicant’s completion of their advanced professional development program. The designee may be any district administrator who has enough knowledge about the candidate’s advanced professional program to verify their completion. (For example, HR Directors, Directors of Professional Development, Principals, Vice-Principals, etc.) The candidate may not sign their APD form. It must be someone who can verify the successful completion of the Advanced PDU program.
Q.  Can a TSPC partner ESD verify ADVANCED professional development program?
A.  No. Only employing schools or school districts may verify Advanced PDUs. This is because the advanced professional development program is based on the individual needs of the novice teacher while working in a classroom setting. (Note: TSPC partner ESDs may verify completion of the advanced professional development program for their own employees.)
Q.  Does a district need to send any other information besides the APD form to verify completion of Advanced Professional Development Program?
A.  No. The APD is the only required form. However, for system integrity reasons, the district may be asked to provide additional evidence for the advanced PDUs. The evidence may include a list of the completed advanced PDUs and how the advanced professional development program aligned with the applicant’s personal performance goals. 
Q. Does any of my work in higher education count towards renewing my teaching license?
A. Educators employed as faculty at universities or colleges may use their course presentation hours to fulfill their continuing PDU requirements.
Q. How do I verify professional development activities in higher education will be approved?
A. PDUs are verified by OREPDC so you can contact them to determine what activities qualify for PDUs. For step-by-step instructions, see, "How to submit verification through a partner ESD"​ above.
Q. How are PDUs calculated for work in higher education?
A. One hour of course presentation is equal to one PDU.


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