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Oregon CPD Requirements

.A variety of Oregon Administrative Rules govern the Continuing Professional Development requirements.

The following is quoted from The Oregon Administrative Rules contain OARs filed through October 15, 2001 [Online]. Accessed 11/9/01: http://arcweb.sos.state.or.us/rules/
OARS_500/OAR_584/584_090.html. Note Item 6 in this list (Boldface added by Webmaster)>

Domains of Professional Competency

For purposes of renewal of licensure educators shall choose activities and experiences that are based on at least one of the following domains of professional growth:

(1) Content of the subject matter or specialty area directly related to the educator's current assignment(s) or to responsibilities the educator reasonably expects to be assigned.

(2) Strategies for assessment of pupil performance in achieving school and district objectives and State content standards and interpretation and application of the results.

(3) Methods for effective teaching, classroom management, counseling, supervision, leadership, and curriculum development.

(4) Understanding of diversity in abilities, social and/or cultural background and use of such knowledge to promote achievement of high standards for all students.

(5) Knowledge of State and national education priorities and the application of that knowledge to one's school and district programs.

(6) Competence in the uses of technology in schools and the application of that knowledge to one's assignment.

This is an important "success" for the field of IT in education. Although it does not define the term "technology," one can interpret this listing to mean that Information Technology (or, Information and Communications Technology) is certainly allowed as one of six possible areas of concentration for Continuing Professional Licensure.

The following is copied from the Overview of: Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal Handbook Third Edition - 1999 Accessed 11/23/00: http://www.open.k12.or.us/scoring/tspc/tspclrh.html.

Studies show that educators participate in continued professional development in order to enhance student learning. Educators wish to gain new skills that they may incorporate into their work with students.

Educators who hold Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses are required to complete a Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Plan in order to renew the license. This requirement does not apply to initial licenses. The Oregon CPD plan provides two options for the educator. One is a plan offered by the district. The second is an individual plan developed by the educator in collaboration with a supervisor or a CPD advisor. A CPD advisor may be a colleague, faculty member from an institution, or business or community member that is related to the activities of the plan and approved by the educator's supervisor.

The plan should be portable so that an educator who moves or changes assignment may amend the plan. The plan should be comprehensive so that it has an effect for the educator in mastering new strategies and skills.

The educator will complete a form that identifies the CPD goals of the educator, the district and state, and will propose the activities necessary to fulfill the plan. At the conclusion of the cycle, the educator will reflect on the activities and how the plan has enhanced student learning. The advisor/supervisor will sign the form. The district will report "successful experience and completed CPD plan" on the Professional Educational Experience Report (PEER) Form when the educator applies for renewal of licensure.

Those applicants who renew a BASIC license will need to complete 75 professional development units (PDUs). The applicants for renewal of STANDARD or CONTINUING licenses will need to complete 125 PDUs. The Proposal for the Professional Development Plan should be developed at the beginning of the licensure period. The required PDUs must be earned prior to application for renewal.

What is a PDU?

A Professional Development Unit equates to one clock hour. One quarter hour of college or university credit equals 20 PDUs. One semester hour of college or university credit equals 30 PDUs.

Effective Date

The CPD requirement becomes effective January 15, 2002, and will be phased in as follows:

  1. Educators renewing Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses in 2002 must complete 25 PDUs.
  2. Educators renewing Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses in 2003 must complete 50 PDUs.
  3. Educators renewing Basic, Standard or Continuing Licenses in 2004 must complete 75 PDUs. This brings those who hold a Basic License to the full requirement.
  4. Educators renewing a Basic License in 2005 must complete 75 PDUs, the full requirement. Educators renewing Standard or Continuing Licenses must complete 100 PDUs.
  5. Educators renewing Standard or Continuing Licenses in 2006 must meet the full requirement of 125 PDUs. Educators renewing Basic Licenses will complete 75 PDUs.

    --- End of material copied from Overview of: Continuing Professional Development for Licensure Renewal Handbook Third Edition ---

Oregon Education Association

The OEA is deeply involved with Continuing Licensure of teachers in Oregon. The following is quoted from this Website: Accessed 1/29/01: http://www.oregoned.org/teaching_

Continuing Professional Development. Earlier this year, the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC) adopted an official rule requiring educators to complete a plan of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for renewal of their teaching license. OEA has developed an Essential CPD kit which includes helpful definitions, planning forms and general resource information. CPD kits and training are available to all members. All members are advised to take a generic CPD certificate with you on all trainings to help document professional development activities. For further information, OEA members may email the OEA Center for Teaching and Learning, contact an OEA staff person in your region, or call or e-mail Teresa Carter at 684-3300.

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