Professional Development

Effective teachers commit to furthering their own learning as well as their students’ learning. Practicing educators take part in regular professional development opportunities in order to be effective and engaged teachers. The College of Education fosters this career-long commitment to learning and professional development by requiring our undergraduate students seeking initial licensure to complete a series of Professional Growth Units, or PGUs.

All undergraduate students in licensure majors who entered NC State in fall 2011 or later must complete a minimum of 4.5 PGUs prior to graduation. All MAT students must complete a minimum of 2 PGUs prior to graduation. It is recommended that all undergraduate students complete a minimum of 1.5 PGUs per year and MAT students complete a minimum of 1.0 PGU per year. You cannot complete all of your PGU requirements in one academic year.

The College holds a variety of professional development events each semester that offer PGU credit. Qualifying events lasting 45 minutes to one hour earn 0.5 PGU, with longer events earning additional PGU credit. The maximum number of PGUs a student can earn for a single event is 1.5. We expect students to have completed a variety of opportunties within their required PGUs. Therefore, attending the same PGU experience every year will not be accepted. For example, all PGUs coming from conference attendence will not be accepted.

This semester’s events are listed below.

Please check back frequently as new events will be listed as they become available.

PD 661 – NC State Triangle High Five

Dr. Robert Q. Berry: President-Elect of the National Councilof Teachers of Mathematics, Associate Professor in the Curry School of Education/University of Virginia, and a former middle school mathematics teacher. His research focuses on equity issues in mathematics education, with a particular emphasis on the expereienced of African-American boys in school mathematics. He also engages in research on mathematics teaching practices in elementary classrooms.

Session 1: Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Session 2: Thursday, August 3, 2017

Time: 8:00 – 9:30 am
Location: Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
Audience: Elementary and secondary teachers
Contact/instructor: Valerie Faulkner
Credit: 0.5


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