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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2021 Math Summit: Chris Emdin, Ph.D., on “Where Equity and Technology Resides: Radical Reimagining in STEM”

2021 Math Summit with two keynote speakers: Jo Boaler and Chris EdminJoin us to hear two keynote speeches from globally recognized thought leaders on STEM education during the 2021 Math Summit: Looking Back . . . Moving Forward, which will be held via Zoom.

  • Aug. 3 | 1-2:30 p.m.: Jo Boaler, Ph.D., the Nomellini and Olivier Professor in the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University, on “Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live without Barriers”
  • Aug. 4 | 1-2:30 p.m.: Chris Emdin, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology at Columbia University’s Teachers College, on Where Equity and Technology Resides: Radical Reimagining in STEM”

These keynote speeches are open to all College of Education faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends, as well as to the broader NC State community.

Sponsors are SAS and Triangle Math Alliance, which includes Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Durham Public Schools, Johnston County Public Schools, Orange County Schools, and the Wake County Public School System.