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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.

PD 122 – Licensure Application Information
 

Learn the requirements and how to apply for your teaching license online in the new DPI Licensure System.

Dates: Friday December 9th, Monday, December 12th, or Friday, December 16th
Times: 12/9 at 9:30 AM
12/12 at 4:30 PM
12/16 at 11:30 AM
Location: Online
Audience: Student Teachers (UG and MAT)
Contact: Paige Goos (pegoos@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 122 – Licensure Application Information
 

Learn the requirements and how to apply for your teaching license online in the new DPI Licensure System.

Dates: Friday December 9th, Monday, December 12th, or Friday, December 16th
Times: 12/9 at 9:30 AM
12/12 at 4:30 PM
12/16 at 11:30 AM
Location: Online
Audience: Student Teachers (UG and MAT)
Contact: Paige Goos (pegoos@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 122 – Licensure Application Information
 

Learn the requirements and how to apply for your teaching license online in the new DPI Licensure System.

Dates: Friday December 9th, Monday, December 12th, or Friday, December 16th
Times: 12/9 at 9:30 AM
12/12 at 4:30 PM
12/16 at 11:30 AM
Location: Online
Audience: Student Teachers (UG and MAT)
Contact: Paige Goos (pegoos@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 0.5

PD 6724 – Political Neutrality in the Classroom: What is it and should I value it?
 

Should teachers refrain from inserting their own political views in the classroom? Should they always strive to give both sides of every issue an equal airing? Can schools remain neutral about polarizing topics without abandoning their commitment to social justice? Pre- and in-service teachers across North Carolina are invited to discuss these questions, and more, with volunteers from the Applied Epistemology Project at UNC-Chapel Hill and the NC State College of Education.

This professional development program centers on the challenges and opportunities posed by America’s “knowledge crisis.” Participants will have the opportunity to think through dilemmas of educational practice that arise when teaching about politically contentious topics, such as the history and legacy of American racism or gender identity. We will deliberate about these issues in an empathetic and collaborative way, alongside fellow educators. The discussion will be scaffolded by an introduction to frameworks and resources that can help us determine when it is appropriate for teachers to privilege some positions over others, to present views in a balanced way, or to avoid controversy altogether.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided to all participants.

Date: Saturday, January 14th, 2023
Time: 9:30 AM -12:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 120, 103, 1nd 117
Audience: Pre-service teachers at any level
Contact: Dr. Paula McAvoy (pmcavoy@ncsu.edu)
Credit: 1.0

PD 6607 – NCATA Mid-Winter Conference
 

The NCATA Mid-Winter Conference is a day-long professional development for agriculture teachers. Topics relate to instruction, classroom management, SAE, and FFA.

Date: January 20-21, 2023
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Gray’s Creek HS
Audience: Agricultural Education Students
Contact: Dr. Travis Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 6725 – Preservice Access to Computing Knowledge (PACK) Success
 

In this program, preservice teachers receive professional development to increase their teaching efficacy by incorporating computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) in classroom instruction. PACK Success will offer instruction based on Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals. Participants will work together from January to April 2023, learning how CS and CT concepts can be incorporated into the regular elementary classroom.
The sessions will be planned for hands-on, active learning. Participants can expect to come away with resources for future use in their classrooms.

Dates: Thursday, January 26th and April 6th, 2023
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: METRC, Poe Hall
Audience: 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Elementary Education Students
Contact: Dr. Rebekah Davis
Credit: 1.5

PD 690 – Teach Ag Retreat
 

Teach Ag Retreat is our annual meeting of all NC agricultural education students. Participants will collaborate with other NC agricultural education students to identify and discuss pressing issues in agricultural education.

Date: March 31- April 2, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: NC FFA Center at White Lake
Audience: Agricultural Education
Contact: Dr. Travis Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 6725 – Preservice Access to Computing Knowledge (PACK) Success
 

In this program, preservice teachers receive professional development to increase their teaching efficacy by incorporating computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) in classroom instruction. PACK Success will offer instruction based on Code.org’s Computer Science Fundamentals. Participants will work together from January to April 2023, learning how CS and CT concepts can be incorporated into the regular elementary classroom.
The sessions will be planned for hands-on, active learning. Participants can expect to come away with resources for future use in their classrooms.

Dates: Thursday, January 26th and April 6th, 2023
Time: 4:30 – 6:30 PM
Location: METRC, Poe Hall
Audience: 1st, 2nd and 3rd year Elementary Education Students
Contact: Dr. Rebekah Davis
Credit: 1.5

PD 675 – Hunter Safety Educator Training
 

In cooperation with the NC Fish and Wildlife Division, we will provide Hunter Education Trainer Professional Development for agriculture teachers. Teachers will complete the Hunter Education participant AND trainer program.

Date: April 26th, 2023
Time: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Centennial Campus
Audience: Agricultural Education Students
Contact: Travis Park
Credit: 1.5