Professional Development

Educator Driven Professional Development

OEA is commitment to leading the way to establish OEA members as the driving force for education and professional excellence. Toward that end, OEA is resource and a provider of effective professional development for educators. Through OEA's Center for Great Public Schools, we provide professional development, leadership trainings, and tools and resources on school-wide collaborative professional learning; mentorship and peer assistance; educator evaluation; equity and diversity; special education and more will be provided through the center at the local and statewide level. Contact the Center for Great Public Schools for more information.

NEW! You can now request professional development trainings from the Center for Great Public Schools online! Submit a training request form here.

Below are additional professional development resources.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credit is often more affordable than coursework attached to an endorsement program. Conferences and district opportunities often offer continuing education credit as a low-cost option. Continuing education credit is often graduate-level (500 or above) which allows you to use this credit to move from the Initial I license to the Initial II license, as long as it comes from an accredited institution and is germane to education.

Academic credit (whether graduate or undergraduate) can also be used to complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements so that one quarter or credit equals 20 clock hours of CPD and one semester hour of credit equals 30 clock hours of CPD.

National Education Association co-sponsors three online master’s degree programs and an exciting catalog of online continuing education coursework that is available to NEA members at reduced prices. Full tuition scholarships and special grants are also available. There is even an online tool available to track your continuing education journey.

Extensive catalog of online and in-person courses, workshops and training offered by Portland State University’s Graduate School of Education Continuing Education (CEED).

Lewis & Clark College

The Center for Community Engagement works collaboratively with Oregon school districts to bring our Language and Literacy and ESOL/Bilingual Education Endorsement Programs to you at a reduced off-campus tuition rate. Classes offered in these programs can also be taken individually. Go here to see upcoming courses and information about joining an existing cohort.

  • The Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling collaborates with professional organizations, educational institutions, community groups, and more to offer personal and professional development in the greater Portland area and beyond. These efforts are coordinated through the office of the Center for Community Engagement.
    To see upcoming continuing education activities designed for educators, administrators, and other school personnel, click here.

  • The Lewis & Clark College: Center for Community Engagement 2013-2014 Workshop Series: Workshops cover a range of topics including wellness, sustainability, social justice, classroom and curriculum issues, writing, and more. PDUs or CEUs for all workshops, as well as purchase of continuing education credit upon completion of selected workshops, are available. Cost is $30.

Low and No-Cost CPD Opportunities

Substitutes who must also complete Continuing Professional Development (CPD) do not have the usual access to CPD activities at districts. Educators who maintain only a Substitute License must complete 10 clock hours of CPD for each year of their license. Substitutes working with a regular license must complete 25 clock hours of CPD for each year of their license. Low and no-cost activities of interest to substitutes and other educators:

NEA Academy On Demand: Preparing Educators for the 21st Century

NEA Academy Online offers courses and degrees aligned to specific InTASC Standards. Download the InTASC Professional Teaching Standards Classes catalog for available courses. To learn more about NEA Academy Online, view this video.

NEA On Demand presentations focus on a variety of public education issues. Nationally renowned presenters share their insight, knowledge and best practices on different topics in education. Copies of the transcripts, PowerPoint presentations, and additional resources are available for downloading.

The Concord Consortium: Online instruction for students, teachers, and faculty to help design and facilitate online courses.

Education for All Diversity Training: Training offered by OEA Center for Great Public Schools to increase equity in classrooms and schools throughout Oregon.

Education Online Search: A free college and career education portal for use by parents, students and educators.

NEA Academy On Demand: This is your opportunity to access information and materials from experts that took part in the September 2009 symposium, Creating Great Public Schools for All Using Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Inclusive Practices. UDL is a framework for providing ALL students with access to supportive, engaging learning environments.

Classroom Management Courses: To get to a list that includes the below class, go to and type in "Achievement with Active Engagement Strategies" in the search box at the top of the page. This will bring up a results page. If this class is not listed, click on "See more Catalog results"; then click on "search" at the next screen. This class will be listed towards the bottom of the page.

· Achievement with Active Engagement Strategies
This course is designed to teach educators various paired, team and whole class active engagement strategies that positively affect student achievement and motivation.
Credit availability: 30 Clk hrs, Grad credits.  Publisher: Teacher CEU Toolbox;  Member price: $135.00;  Non Member Price: $149.95