Professional Development

Resources and Tools for Educators

Educators looking for current Department PD offerings should consult the ESE-sponsored offerings page.

Educators are required to earn 150 professional development points (PDPs) in order to be recertified in their primary area of licensure, and 30 PDPs for each additional license. Generally, 1 clock hour of professional development activity is equal to 1 PDP, although Advanced Academic Studies and some Department professional development can award 1.5 PDPs for each hour of activity. Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions if you have additional questions.

Here are some important guidelines and tools for educators to use when perusing professional development:

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Recertification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators
Includes a description of all the activities that can be done to earn PDPs.

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Guidelines for Reviewing, Approving, and Endorsing Individual PD Plans
Information for supervisors who must review and approve educators' IPDPs and endorse recertification applications.

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Template for Individual PD Plans
A sample format for the plan that individual educators are required to develop and maintain with review and approval of a supervisor.

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Template Activity Record Sheet
150 PDPs/each additional license: 30 PDPs. an Invalid status requires 150 PDPs.

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