Professional Development Hours 2019

Professional Development Hours

You can earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for all the education sessions you attend during the CEC 2019 Convention & Expo.

Learn more about PDHs below.

What are CEC Professional Development Hours

One professional development hour (PDH) represents one clock hour spent in a planned continuing education experience that is relevant to the profession or discipline of special education, is developed from explicit learning outcomes, conducted by qualified instructional personnel, and designed to reflect principles of good practice in adult education.

What convention activities carry CEC PDHs?

You can earn CEC PDHs for all convention education sessions, including preconvention workshops, presentations with a Q&A, panels, posters, and strands.

Activities that are not eligible for PDHs include meetings, exhibits and exhibit showcase sessions, social events, and awards ceremonies.

You may earn up to 23 hours by attending eligible sessions.

What are the requirements to receive CEC PDHs?
    • You must be registered for the convention.
    • You must attend a session in full to claim it for PDHs. (The reporting system will not allow you to claim two sessions that overlap in time.)
    • For poster sessions, you should engage with poster content for the full 45 minute time block to earn PDHs.
How will I claim credit?
    • All registrants will receive an email once the reporting system is live, after the convention is over. You’ll be able to log in to the website and enter each convention session you attended. Specific instructions will be provided to registrants in an email.
    • Be sure to keep good personal records of all the sessions you attend.
    • There is no charge to use the tracking system, receive a certificate of attendance, and/or receive a CEC PDH transcript.
What will my PDH transcript include?

Your transcript will list all the sessions you attended, the duration in hours of each one, and the total number of PDHs you earned. Your PDH transcript includes a  confirmation of attendance document.

Will CEC PDHs count toward my license or certification requirements?

Many states accept CEC professional development activities toward their requirements, but some do not. Check in advance with the relevant credentialing authorities in your state.

Is CEC offering Illinois ISBE credits?

CEC is proud to offer Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) credits through the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children. You may earn up to 23 hours over the 4 days of convention for eligible activities.

To earn credits, you must sign in and sign out each day with the Professional Development Hours desk in the CEC registration area on and fill out all appropriate paperwork onsite. Your Illinois Educator Identification Number (IEIN) is required to complete this paperwork. Please look up your IEIN on the ELIS system and bring that information with you to Indianapolis. You will also be asked to complete a post-convention survey which will be sent approximately 30 days after the convention.

Learn more about the ISBE claims process here.