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  • Independent study hours can be earned as an educator conducts any research or study related to pedagogy or content.  Candidates should maintain a bibliography of print/audio-visual/web-based or other sources used for CPE credit.  For renewal purposes, classroom teachers may claim a total of 30 hours of independent study.


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  • 2.
    • CPE = Continuing Professional Education
    • Individuals who complete certification requirements after September 1, 1999 will receive the Standard Certificate, which must be renewed every five years . As a condition of renewal, superintendents and principals will be required to complete 200 clock hours of CPE, and all other educators must complete 150 hours .
    • The State Board for Educator Certification has adopted requirements for continuing education that are flexible enough to allow each educator to identify activities that satisfy their individual goals and needs and to continuously update their knowledge of content, best practice, research and technology related to their roles as educators.
    • All CPE providers will be approved and registered by SBEC to ensure that activities offered for CPE credit support the professional growth of educators in the knowledge and skills necessary to improve student achievement in Texas public schools.
  • 3.
    • Other professions requiring CPEs:
      • Doctors
      • Nurses
      • Accountants
      • Engineers
    What do these professions have in common?
  • 4.
    • workshops, conferences, and in-service or staff development delivered by an approved registered provider
    • undergraduate and graduate coursework through an accredited institution of higher education, with one semester credit being equivalent to 15 CPE clock hours;
    • interactive distance learning, video conferencing, or on-line activities;
    • independent study, not to exceed 20% of the required clock hours ;
    • development of curriculum or CPE training materials;
    • presenting CPE activities, not to exceed 10% of the required clock hours;
    • serving as a mentor, not to exceed 30% of the required clock hours; and
    • serving as an assessor for the principal assessment, not to exceed 10% of the required clock hours.
  • 5.
    • Professional Organizations
    • Conferences
    • Online
      • CPE sites (many free)
      • Journals/Magazines
        • Updates via email or RSS feed
      • Special Interest Blogs (use an RSS aggregator to keep up with these!)
    • Your school
    • Colleges/Universities
  • 6.
    • Online Texas Reading Academies (OTRA) – University of Texas Vaughn Gross Center for Reading and Language Arts
    • Teacher to Teacher PAEC Workshops – United States Department of Education & Panhandle Area Education Consortium
  • 7.
    • Tapped In – chat-based, special-interest sessions for teachers
    • GroupTable – start your own professional learning community using this free software to support collaborative groups
  • 8.
    • TeacherTube
    • Teachers TV
    • New Teacher Hotline
  • 9.
    • Federal subsidy for NBPTS certification.
    • NBPTS courses will count for CPEs.