Adoption Date: 1/8/2008, Revised: 3/2/2010; 12/20/16


All District employees who hold professional teaching and administrative certificates are required to register their certificates and complete professional development hours to maintain the validity of their certificates. Certain certificate holders must complete 100 hours every five (5) years. The five-year professional development period commences upon registration of certificates. The professional development requirement may be completed at any time during the five-year professional development period. The New York Patriot Plan was enacted to recognize members of the military, called to active duty, so that they were not discriminated against in employment or education because of their military status. Professional continuing education requirements for active military are waived during the period of military service or reduced proportionately for partial periods of service during certification. Certifications due to expire during military service are extended for the length of the service plus an additional 12 months after release from service. However, this shall not be construed to permit those who have had certifications revoked or suspended to continue to engage in such professions.

Decisions regarding content, delivery and providers of such professional development are within the purview of the School District and shall be made within the context of the District Professional Development Plan. The Professional Development Plan shall describe how the School District will provide teachers it employs holding a professional certificate with opportunities to maintain such certificates in good standing based upon successfully completing professional development in accordance with Commissioner's Regulations.

District Reporting Responsibilities

Annually, the School District must report to the New York State Education Department (SED) Office of Higher Education's Office of Teaching Initiatives (OTI) the number of all approved professional development hours completed by each teacher who is employed by the District and subject to the professional development requirement, regardless of the professional development provider.

All hours of completed professional development reported by Districts will become part of the certificate holder's certification record maintained by OTI. Teachers with professional certificates must complete the required number of hours of professional development every five (5) years for their certificates to remain valid.

The School District is required to report professional development hours for its employees online directly via the Web-based computer system TEACH (Teacher Education and Certification Help).

Certificate Holder Responsibilities

All professional certificate holders must keep records of all of their approved professional development activities/programs/coursework, regardless of the provider, for at least seven (7) years from the date of completion of the program and shall be available for review by SED. The district shall provide staff with a computerized system to enter and track their professional development hours but staff shall be required to maintain their own records as well. Such records shall include those items enumerated in Commissioner's Regulations Section 80-3.6(f):

  1. a) The title of the program;
  2. b) The number of hours completed;
  3. c) The sponsor's name and any identifying number;
  4. d) Attendance verification; and
  5. e) The date and location of the program.

While it is the responsibility of the District to report hours, it is in the interest of every professional certificate holder to verify that their professional development hours are reported and that their individual record is complete. It is recommended that professional certificate holders develop their personal professional development plan in consultation with the District, and obtain District approval before commencing any professional development activities.

8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Subpart 80-3 and Section 100.2(dd)

NOTE: Refer also to Policy #6160 -- Professional Growth/Staff Development

Policy References:

8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Subpart 80-3 and Section 100.2(dd)

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