Professional Development Hours 2018

Professional Development Hours

You can earn Professional Development Hours (PDHs) for all the education sessions you attend.

Note to Florida Special Educators: If your program accepts PDHs, there are 600+ workshops and sessions at CEC 2018 that may be used toward meeting your ESE certification. You will need to check with your district to ensure that you are documenting your participation in accordance with the recertification policies.

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 CEC PDHs 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.