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 opportunities within their required PGUs. Therefore, attending the same PGU experience every year will not be accepted. For example, all PGUs coming from conference attendance 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.


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PD 866 - NCCTM General Body Meeting: Teaching in Rural Schools and the TIP Program

Join us to hear from Mr. Wayne Williams, an instructional coach with the NC New Teacher Support Program, about the unique needs and opportunities of teaching in rural school districts. In addition, Dr. Whitney Richardson will share scholarship opportunities through the TIP partnership.

Refreshments will be served!

Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
Time: 6:30 - 7:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 320
Audience: All CED students
Contact/instructor: Cyndi Edgington
Credit: 0.5

PD 868 - Inequalities in Access to Technology

MYEN will be hosting a program about Inequalities in Access to Technology. We will be discussing the inequalities in access to technology in schools and how that affects students and teachers. The discussion will include the digital divide and the homework gap. Our guest speaker will be Laura Fogle, Assistant Director of METRC.

Date: Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall 512
Audience: All CED students
Instructor/contact: Chantal Warfield
Credit: 1.0

PD 348 - Build Classroom Community with Flipgrid: Self-Paced Face to Face Session

Flipgrid is a fun, free "social learning platform" allowing students and instructors to discuss and share ideas online via video. Join us for an hour experiencing Flipgrid as a student and as an instructor. This PGU will be self-paced and your directions for activities and reflection will be on a Hyperdoc. Come any time during the available window and spend an hour with Flipgrid! METRC staff will be available for discussion and technology assistance.

Date: Thursday, March 28, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Location: METRC
Audience: All College of Education Students
Instructor/contact: Kerri Brown Parker
Credit: 0.5

PD 553 - Literacy and Community Initiative’s Inaugural Reading Celebration

Please join us for the Literacy and Community Initiative’s Inaugural Reading Celebration! Young authors from local organizations will share their narratives from three published books: Strong and Unbroken, Blueprints: Rebuilding Lives and Redesigning Futures, and The Roots of Our People: From One World to Another--Juntos. The Literacy and Community Initiative (LCI) is a collaboration among the NC State’s College of Education’s Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences, the Friday Institute, and community-based organizations. LCI’s mission is to build a university and community-based partnerships by amplifying youth voices through student publications, advocacy, and leadership (Write; Engage; Lead). Alongside LCI, youth from Triangle Literacy Council’s Bull City YouthBuild and the Juntos Hispanic Literacy Club will read their written narratives and answer questions on their personal journeys, challenges, and successes. Come hear their powerful stories and engage with student authors in the community. Reception and book signing to follow.

Please RSVP here by March 20th.

Open to the public.

Date: Friday, March 29th, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: The Friday Institute, Wachovia Room, 1890 Main Campus Dr, Raleigh, NC 27606
Hosted by: The Literacy and Community Initiative (Dr. Crystal Lee, Dr. Jose Picart, Nina Schoonover, Kelsey Virginia Downs)
Credit: 1.0

PD 865 - Student North Carolina Association of Educators Spring Conference

Join the Student North Carolina Association of Educators in Greensboro for their annual Spring conference! This is a one-day conference focused on teacher quality. We have sessions on licensure exams, maker spaces, English Language Learners, political advocacy, and being a beginning teacher!

Register for the conference at

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: UNC Greensboro
Contact: Sarah Cannon
Credit: 1.5

PD 342 - NC Technology Student Association State Conference

The students will serve as contest judges and/or contest coordinators
during the North Carolina Technology Student Association Annual State
Conference. During the conference the students will work hand-in-hand with
Technology, Engineering and Design Education teachers from North Carolina
to facilitate competitive events for middle school and high school student
attending the State Conference. This activity will provide our students
with hands-on experiences with the TSA materials that are co-curricular and
part of the State Curriculum for TDE.

Date: April 3 - 5, 2019
Time: All day
Location Sheraton Four Seasons Hotel, Greensboro, NC
Audience: Technology, Engineering, and Design Students
Contact: Nolan Fahrer
Credit: 1.5

PD 6603 - Incorporating Project Based Learning into the Classroom

This PGU will present the standards for PBL (Project Based
Learning) institute's Gold Standards for PBL design. You will learn the
difference between projects and PBL and how PBL can stimulate deeper
learning. In this PGU you will experience a mini lesson and explore and
generate ideas for PBL in your own learning practice.

Date: Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019
Time: 4:30 - 6:30
Location: Poe Hall METRC
Audience: Elementary and Science Education Undergraduates; MAT Science
Instructor/contact: Teres Leavens (
Credits: 1.0

PD 343 - Simulated Parent Conference: Secondary Focus

Participate in a “Mursion” session practicing how you will talk to parents and work on issues together. The “parent” you meet with will be a computer avatar. Scenario: You are a teacher of Jasmine, an 8th grader who usually has excellent scores in math. Lately, her math grades have been low. Her mother, Linda Walker, has scheduled a conference to discuss her academic progress. Your objectives are to practice active listening to understand Linda’s concerns; jointly identify potential contributing factors to Jasmine’s change in academic performance, and jointly identify next steps. You will also have a chance to debrief and discuss the experience. NOTE: this PGU is limited to only 10 participants!

Date: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019
PD 343 001: 4:00 - 5:00 PM
PD 343 002: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: METRC
Audience: Middle and High School Education Majors
Instructor: Kerri Brown Parker
Credit: 0.5

PD 347 - Create Your Own Reality

Imagine creating a universe you can share with students and friends. See how easy it is to bring the setting from a novel to life or create a hologram that you can hold in your hand. Use free (or freemium) tools and content to begin creating a virtual reality or augmented reality experience to educate and entertain.

Date: Wednesday, April 10th, 2019
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: METRC
Audience: Any College of Education Students
Instructor: Laura Fogle
Credit: 0.5

PD 867 - Resilience Screening & Discussion

Come see this award-winning, must-see 60-minute film, Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope! (See more about film here - (Spanish subtitles are available.)

The screening is co-hosted by the WCPSS Office of Equity Affairs & Office of Counseling & Student Services, the Wake NCAE, the Wake PTA Council, and Public Schools First NC.

This limited release documentary examines how abuse, neglect and other adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) affect children's development & health outcomes in adulthood. Research shows ACEs are common, they affect all income levels, and their impact on health and well-being is significant. "The child may not remember, but the body remembers."

Schools have a critical role to play in promoting the great childhoods that children deserve. One great takeaway from Resilience is that there is always hope! Science shows the effects of ACEs do not have to be permanent. The film highlights how communities working together can build resilience in kids to overcome the impact of ACEs. Come see this highly acclaimed film to learn more about ACEs, how they increase the likelihood of disease and illness, and how together we as a community can mitigate the impact of ACEs for Wake County children.

There will be short commentary/discussion following the film. Come and learn what WCPSS is doing to help create trauma-informed school environments and to help our students build social and emotional learning skills to help them be successful in school and in life.


This powerful movie is a conversation-starter and a perspective-changer.
Tickets are not required. RSVPs are appreciated at

Date: Thursday, April 11th, 2019
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 PM
Location: Crossroads II 110 Corning Road Cary, NC 27518 Room 1400
Audience: All CED students
Contact: Monica Smith
Credit: 1.0