Professional Development Hours
→ Download the Professional Development Hours Form (PDF)
There are two areas in this professional development component of your teacher preparation:
- Professional growth/service to the profession
- Educational service to youth and families or caregivers
In both areas, hours must be accrued while an undergraduate or graduate certificate student and may not be for pay or as a requirement for a class.
Professional Growth/Service to the Profession
20 hours required, with a minimum of 5 in each of the following categories:
- Professional growth: Attending professional/educational meetings, workshops, in-service programs and/or conferences.
- Service to the Profession: Working at educational/professional related events (e.g. Open House, Education Symposium, Telefund and other similar professional education events).
Educational Service to Youth and Families:
- 20 hours required, with a minimum of 10 hours directly with youth, including two hours with youth of diverse population(s). The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education has defined diversity as: Differences among groups of people and individuals based on ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, gender, exceptionalities, language, religion, sexual orientation, and geographical area.
- Examples for fulfilling this requirement of service to youth and families through education- related experiences include: supervising after-school programs or field trips; unpaid coaching or tutoring; helping in organizing or judging science fairs, FFA events, art exhibits or music festivals; helping with religious education; participating in community organizations which involve youth and/or their families or caregivers.
→ Download the above Professional Development Hours Chart (PDF)
Professional Hours Guidelines
The documentation process for professional hours is subject to the policies as outlined by the Kansas State University’s Honor and Integrity System. Falsification of documentation prior to the submission process is a violation of the Honor Pledge and will be handled as such.
Documentation is to be submitted to the Office of Field Experiences, Bluemont Hall 261, by November 1 or April 1 of the semester prior to student teaching.
Students must document experiences with verification forms signed by an organization contact in both the professional growth/service to the profession and education service to youth and families. These forms may be supplemented by program brochures, meeting agendas, or registration receipts.
Please contact the Office of Field Experiences, 261 Bluemont Hall, 785-532-5908.