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 6617 – Study Abroad in Virtual Reality (VR)
 

Virtual Reality, or VR, is a way to experience things that could be otherwise difficult or impossible to experience, such as going to Greece, touring the circulatory system, or walking in someone else’s shoes. This time, we're going to explore the natural world. In conjunction with the study abroad programs going on this semester, we're going to feature each of the highlighted countries - China, Mexico, and new this year, Kenya! - on each of the VR systems that we have. We're going to just scratch the surface of what these countries have to offer in the couple hours we have, but hopefully, it'll inspire you to go experience the real deal! Please drop by between 11 and 1 pm. Students must explore all 3 stations and spend 45 minutes at the event to get PGU Credit.

Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Time: Between 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location, Poe Hall, METRC
Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate students
Instructor/Contact: Ajaya Jonas
Credit: 0.5

PD 6612 - Mathematics Field Day
 

Many of us can remember participating in an elementary school field day. We raced through various outdoor activities, participating in a combination of fun team and individual events. Imagine typical field day activities: three-legged races, egg-on-a-spoon relays, tug-of-war, sack races, or ring toss. We have mathematized these activities! Students will compete in teams of four on 5 team relays (against other teams) and 10 station activities. Each event has a physical and mathematical component.

Date: Friday, October 25, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Court of North Carolina
Audience: any student that wants to come out and have fun! This includes current students interested in teaching math, mathematics, elementary education, teaching middle grades, as well as students interested in learning more about our programs.
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Krupa
Credit: 1.0

PD 631 - Youth Mental Health First Aid
 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training provides training about various mental health challenges as well as their role as teachers and strategies for dealing with these situations. Youth Mental Health First Aid training will support participants in their interactions with peers and provide strategies they may use in their future classrooms. This total of 8 hour training will be held on October 25 and November 1 from 10:00-2:00. Participants must attend both 4-hour sessions to earn the certificate of completion and also to earn 3 PGUs (participants cannot earn 1.5 PGUs by attending only one session). This PGU fills up quickly so reserve your space.

Date: Session 1: 10/25/2019, Session 2: 11/1/2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall 120
Audience: College of Education Students
Instructor/Contact: Dr. Carrier
Credit: 1.5 per session

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 637 – National FFA Convention teacher workshops
 

Participants will attend one or more teacher professional development workshops at the National FFA Convention in Indianapolis, IN. Topics include science integration, CASE, inquiry learning, and content areas.

Date: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: Indianapolis, IN
Audience: Agricultural education, CTE education
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 631 - Youth Mental Health First Aid
 

Youth Mental Health First Aid Training provides training about various mental health challenges as well as their role as teachers and strategies for dealing with these situations. Youth Mental Health First Aid training will support participants in their interactions with peers and provide strategies they may use in their future classrooms. This total of 8 hour training will be held on October 25 and November 1 from 10:00-2:00. Participants must attend both 4-hour sessions to earn the certificate of completion and also to earn 3 PGUs (participants cannot earn 1.5 PGUs by attending only one session). This PGU fills up quickly so reserve your space.

Date: Session 1: 10/25/2019, Session 2: 11/1/2019
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Poe Hall 120
Audience: College of Education Students
Instructor/Contact: Dr. Carrier
Credit: 1.5 per session

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 667 - TEECA East Regional Conference
 

The students will participate in a regional conference with other Technology, Engineering and Design programs from the northeastern region of the United States. The students will participate in leadership activities, special sessions regarding professionalism, and will compete against the other Universities in problem-solving events.

Date: Thursday, November 7 till Saturday, November 9, 2019
Time: 11/7/201 12:00 PM - 11/9/2019 12:00 PM
Location: Atlantic Sands Hotel and Conference Center in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Audience: Members of the NC Technology, Engineering, and Design Education Collegiate Association (TEECA)
Contact: Dr. Nolan Faher
Credit: 1.5

PD 351 - How to LEAD a Google Expedition
 

This will be a hands-on demonstration of how to conduct a Google Expedition in a classroom. Preservice teachers who know about Expeditions and want to use it, but need space and materials to practice for the first time can do just that. We will use the three Expeditions kits we have in METRC to have small groups learn how to check the equipment, set up the router, get the devices started and then lead the tour. Ideally, the participant has already been on a tour and knows how to find them, but even a novice could attend this session and come out with the ability to set up an Expedition.

Date: Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall, METRC
Audience: Any preservice teacher - undergraduate or MAT
Contact: Rebekah Davis
Credit: 0.5

PD 860 – Managing Student Loans and Budgeting for Educators.
 

Join us for a workshop focusing on managing student loans and budgeting for future educators. This event is presented by the Student Success and Advising Center in partnership with the Official Bank of the Wolfpack, PNC.

Date: Thursday, November 7, 2019
Time: 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 420
Audience: All College of Education students, particularly Juniors and Seniors
Contact/Instructor: Amanda Beller
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 6616 - Dessert with Democracy
 

This event will be an opportunity to engage in discussions about contemporary issues facing the American public. Participants will be guided through facilitated, roundtable activities that will allow them to do something fairly rare in today’s political culture: engage in an open discussion about our differences.

Date: Wednesday, November 13, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Friday Institute
Audience: All CED Students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Paula McAvoy
Credit: 1.0

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 539 - Social Justice in Our Communities Symposium 2019
 

The Social Justice in our Communities Symposium on Tuesday, November 19 at 6 pm is an annual opportunity for students to hear different perspectives and engage in critical conversations centered around some of the themes of this year’s NC State Common Read, Born A Crime by comedian Trevor Noah.

This year's symposium will examine issues of the injustices and inequities associated with race and racial identity, class and language, and the impact of various social issues on educational environments and our communities. Although set primarily in South Africa, this year's common read presents may issues that are prevalent in the modern-day United States. At the symposium, attendees will gain insight and learn from a diverse group of panelists including community leaders, NC State faculty members, and educators. Sharing their professional expertise and personal experiences, panelists will provide attendees with additional context, and practical ways to engage and take action against inequitable practices.
To receive full PGU credit, participation in a Common Read discussion group prior to the event is mandatory.

Date: Tuesday, November 19th, 2019
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Location: Kamphoefner Hall, Burns Auditorium
Audience: All Students, Faculty & Staff
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Tiffany Wiggins
Credit: 1.0

PD 6613 - Men in Education Roundtable (Parent of American Education Week)
 

Men are considered a minority in the field of Education. Please join us for a round-table style event that will allow you to hear from successful men in the field of Education.

Date: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Time: 3:00 - 4:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall 120
Audience: All College of Education Students, particularly those who identify as male
Contact/Instructor: Amanda Beller
Credit: 0.5

PD 874 - NC State Education Scholars Program: Exciting Educational Opportunities in Rural Counties
 

Are you a junior, senior, or MAT student who will graduate in December 2020 or May 2021? The NC State Education Scholars program (formerly TIP Scholars) is opening applications--and we want you to apply! Meet with program representatives and the current NC State Education Scholars to learn more about how to become a part of this unique post-graduation scholarship program, and how you can earn up to $10,000 by teaching for two years in a participating district.

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Location: Poe Hall 216
Audience: Undergraduate and MAT students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Richerdson White
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

PD 639 – NC Agriculture Teachers Association fall inservice meetings
 

Participants will attend a fall NCATA regional inservice meeting to interact with agriculture teachers, learn about updates to the agricultural education curriculum, and participate in professional association business and activities.

Date: various dates, contact Dr.Park
Time: various times, contact Dr. Park
Location: various, contact Dr. Park
Audience: Agricultural Education, CTE Education
Contact: Dr. Park
Credit: 0.5

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: Saturday, January 18, 2020
Time: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: TBD
Audience: Agricultural Education Students
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Park
Credit: 1.5

PD 676 NC Agriculture Teachers Association and CTE Summer Conference
 

Agricultural Education and CTE students will attend the annual conference of the NCACTE and NCATA in Greensboro, NC. Participants will complete professional development related to curriculum, leadership, and CTE/Ag content areas.

Date: Saturday, July 25th, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Location: Koury Convention Center Greensboro, NC
Audience: Agricultural Education Student teachers ONLY
Contact/Instructor: Dr. Park
Credit: 1.5