Professional Development Hours 2016

Professional Development Hours

You can earn up to 23 Professional Development Hours (PDHs) at CEC 2016.  Learn more in our FAQs below.

What are CEC Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?
Why has CEC switched from CEUs to PDHs?
What convention activities carry CEC PDHs?
What are the requirements to receive CEC PDHs?
How will I claim credit?
What will my PDH transcript include?
Will CEC PDHs count toward my license or certification requirements?
I am an Illinois resident. Am I be able to receive PDHs?

 

What are CEC Professional Development Hours (PDHs)?

One professional development hour (PDH) represents one clock hour spent in a planned continuing education experience that is relevant to the profession or discipline of special education, is developed from explicit learning outcomes, conducted by qualified instructional personnel, and designed to reflect principles of good practice in adult education.

Why has CEC switched from CEUs to PDHs?

States use different units of measurement for professional development activities (credits, CEUs, PDUs, etc.). We have adopted PDHs as the CEC unit of measurement because clock hours are a common denominator underlying most systems of measuring continuing education activities.

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What convention activities carry CEC PDHs?

You can earn CEC PDHs for all convention education sessions, including preconvention workshops, lectures, panels, posters, strands, and town hall meetings.

Activities that are not eligible for PDHs include meetings, exhibits and exhibit showcase sessions, social events, and awards ceremonies.

You may earn up to 23 hours by attending eligible sessions.

What are the requirements to receive CEC PDHs?

  • You must be registered for the convention.
  • You must attend a session in full to claim it for PDHs. (The reporting system will not allow you to claim two sessions that overlap in time.)
  • For poster sessions, you should engage with poster content for the full 45 minute time block to earn PDHs.

How will I claim credit?

  • All registrants will receive an email once the reporting system is live. You’ll be able to log in to the web site and enter each convention session you attend. Specific instructions will be provided to registrants in their email.
  • You’ll have through September 30, 2016, to enter all your sessions. You may enter them as you go, or wait until you’re home.
  • Be sure to keep good personal records of all the sessions you attend.
  • There is no charge to use the tracking system, receive a transcript, or receive CEC PDHs.

What will my PDH transcript include?

Your transcript will list all the sessions you attended, the duration in hours of each one, and the total number of PDHs you earned. Your PDH transcript includes a  confirmation of attendance document.

Will CEC PDHs count toward my license or certification requirements?

Many states accept CEC professional development activities toward their requirements, but some do not. Check in advance with the relevant credentialing authorities in your state.

I am an Illinois resident. Am I be able to receive PDHs?

CEC, as a subcontractor of the Illinois Council for Exceptional Children, will be offering Professional Development Hours (formerly CPDUs) to eligible residents of Illinois who bring their IEIN number with them, and sign in and sign out each day of the Convention. Each person will be required to respond to a follow-up email survey that will be sent by CEC.

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