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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 6690 – Teacher Wars!

Need to practice building lesson plans? We have the perfect PGU
opportunity for you! Attendees will be split into groups (or come with your group of 3-4 friends!) and given 30 minutes to come up with their best lesson plan. Our judges will pick a winning group to receive gift cards. Our lesson plan topic is fractions so all math and elementary ed majors will benefit. While this is a hybrid event, we encourage all to participate in-person if possible for the best experience.

Date: Monday, January 31st, 2022
Time: 6:30 – 8:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall, room 420
Audience: ELM, MED, and MAT Math Ed students
Instructor/contact: Dr. Cyndi Edgington
Credit: 1.0

PD 724 – Developing Cultural Competence Co-curricular Student Certificate offered by NC State Global Training Initiative

The College of Education is sponsoring the $100 Program Fee for students who wish to participate in the virtual Developing Cultural Competence (DCC) program hosted by the NC State Global Training Initiative.

This co-curricular certificate program aims to help you identify your own cultural preferences and equip you with the tools to understand the preferences of others. Cultural awareness can give you the skills you need in working with diverse populations of students and colleagues in educational settings. Participating in this program will help you develop skills and strategies for working effectively across cultural differences. This program is also an opportunity to explore the world from home by connecting with peers and colleagues around the world.

The average time requirement of the program is 12 hours in total over the 4 week period. You are expected to join four 90-minute live facilitated sessions via Zoom (6 hours) and complete weekly self-paced lessons and assignments (6+ hours).

The priority application deadline for Spring 2022 DCC sessions is Friday, January 14, 2022, and it is open to College of Education undergraduate and graduate students. Undergraduate students and MAT students are eligible to receive PGU credit by registering in SAGE.

GTI anticipate offering workshops at the following dates/times in February:
February Tuesdays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 1, 8, 15, and 22 (PD 724, session 001)
February Wednesdays at 8:00 PM (EST): Feb 2, 9, 16, and 23 (PD 724, session 002)
February Thursdays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 3, 10, 17, and 24 (PD 724, session 003)
February Fridays at 9:00 AM (EST): Feb 4, 11, 18 and 25 (PD 724, session 004)

GTI anticipate offering workshops at the following dates/times in March & April:
March-April Mondays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 21 and 28, April 4 and 11 (PD 724, session 005)
March-April Tuesdays at 8:00 PM (EDT): March 22 and 29, April 5 and 12 (PD 724, session 006)
March-April Wednesdays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 23 and 30, April 6 and 13 (PD 724, session 007)
March-April Thursdays at 9:00 AM (EDT): March 24 and 31, April 7 and 14 (PD 724, session 008)

Audience: Undergraduate and Graduate Students (For PGU credits, please sign up for one of the sessions above in SAGE!)
Contact/Instructor: Ajaya Jonas (
Credit: 1.5

PD 6691 – FILM SCREENING of RESILIENCE: The Science of Stress and the Biology of Hope

Join us watching the film RESILIENCE, which has themes of trauma-informed teaching, how toxic stress and childhood trauma affect the brains of children and adults, and proactive strategies to combat the effects of trauma, with breakout discussion groups and questions.

Date: Wednesday, April 6th, 2022
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 PM
Location: Poe Hall 424
Audience: Students, prospective teachers, anyone wishing to learn more about the effects of trauma on children and adults.
Instructor/contact: Dr. Kari Ann Kuebel
Credit: 1.0