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175 Hour Professional Development
Requirement for
Professional Certification Holders

 

Overview

Teachers who hold a professional teaching certificate in New York State are required to complete 175 hours of professional development every five years in order to maintain their certificate.  This requirement only applies to teachers who hold professional certification, and does not apply to teachers who hold initial, provisional, or permanent certification.

If I hold a professional certificate, when do I need to begin working toward the 175 hour professional development requirement?

It is important to understand that the five year timeframe begins on the July 1st after your professional certificate is issued.  For example, if your professional certificate was issued on February 1, 2008, the five year timeframe during which you must accumulate 175 hours of professional development begins on July 1, 2008.  Professional development completed prior to the July 1st after your professional certificate is issued cannot be counted toward the 175 hour requirement.

What types of activities may be counted toward the 175 hour professional development requirement?

All of the professional development workshops and graduate courses that you enroll in through MyLearningPlan (MLP) can be counted toward the 175 hour professional development requirement.  When registering for workshops or graduate courses through MLP, be sure to check the box indicating that one of the purposes of the workshop or graduate course is to apply the hours toward the 175 hour professional development requirement. 

Are there any other professional activities that can be counted toward the 175 hour professional development requirement?

Yes, you may also apply the following professional activities toward the 175 hour requirement:

    • 20 hour PD requirement for all Harrison teachers
    • Department meetings
    • Faculty meetings
    • Grade-level meetings
    • New Teacher Orientation meetings
    • Superintendent's Conference Days
    • K-12 committee meetings
    • Training/scoring of state and local assessments
    • Professional development workshops attended during the school day

How do I record that I completed activities listed above?

A new activity log in MLP has been created called "175 Hrs. PD Log", which you can use to record the date and time associated with the activities you complete.  Log into MyLearningPlan.com and click on the "175 Hrs. PD Log" listed under "Fill-in Forms."

If I am already within the five year timeframe for the 175 hour professional development requirement, can I enter dates and times for activities that I have already completed?

Yes, you can enter activities into the activity log for all of the activities listed above, including those activities you have already completed.  Keep in mind that you cannot begin recording activities toward this requirement until the July 1st after your professional certificate is issued.

Should I also enter workshops or graduate courses that I take outside of the school day or during the summer into the "175 Hrs. PD Log" in MLP?

No, if you indicated that one of your purposes for taking the workshop or graduate course included the 175 hour requirement when you registered for the workshop or course in MLP, then you should not enter these types of workshops or courses again into this activity log.

175 hours seem like a lot of hours.  Should I be worried that I won't reach this goal within five years?

No, if you participate in professional development activities, which is an expectation for all teachers in the district, then you should easily reach the number of hours required.  For example, over a five year period a teacher could more than accomplish the required number of hours as follows:

Year Professional Development
Activities
Total # of Hours
1 4 Superintendent's Conference Days (24 hrs)
20 hours of PD meetings (20 hrs)
10 45-minute team meetings (7.5 hrs)
10 45-minute faculty meetings (7.5 hrs)
1 15-hour workshop (15 hrs)

74

2 4 Superintendent's Conference Days (24 hrs)
20 hours of PD meetings (20 hrs)
10 45-minute team meetings (7.5 hrs)
10 45-minute faculty meetings (7.5 hrs)
1 15-hour workshop (15 hrs)
74
3 4 Superintendent's Conference Days (24 hrs)
20 hours of PD meetings (20 hrs)
10 45-minute team meetings (7.5 hrs)
10 45-minute faculty meetings (7.5 hrs)
1 15-hour workshop (15 hrs)
74
4 4 Superintendent's Conference Days (24 hrs)
20 hours of PD meetings (20 hrs)
10 45-minute team meetings (7.5 hrs)
10 45-minute faculty meetings (7.5 hrs)
1 15-hour workshop (15 hrs)
74
5 4 Superintendent's Conference Days (24 hrs)
20 hours of PD meetings (20 hrs)
10 45-minute team meetings (7.5 hrs)
10 45-minute faculty meetings (7.5 hrs)
1 15-hour workshop (15 hrs)
74
 

TOTAL

370


How will I prove to the New York State Education Department that I have completed the 175 hour professional development requirement?

The district is required to report this information to the New York State Education Department on your behalf, based on the information you provide.  Therefore, maintaining your activity log will be important!

Once I complete the 175 hour professional development requirement in the five years that follow the issuance of my professional certificate, will I need to complete additional hours to maintain my certificate?

Yes, you will be required to complete the 175 hours of professional development every five years in order to maintain your certification. 

If I hold more than one professional certificate, do I need to complete 175 hours of professional development for each professional certificate?

No, you are required to complete a total of 175 hours of professional development over the five year period, regardless of the number of professional certificates you hold.

Additional Resources

You can learn more about this requirement and about certification in New York, by visiting the NYSED TEACH website.