Early Learning Professional Development

Effective teachers are the most important asset of a quality early childhood program. One goal of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is to increase and enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers by providing a wide array of professional development opportunities.

Professional Development Opportunities

Annual Ohio Early Care & Education Conference 2013 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Check for updates.

Q-Net Professional Development Opportunities

The early childhood Quality network (ecQ-net) has professional development opportunities throughout Ohio. The APPLE Ohio research study is looking for 600 participants for the final year of the study. For more information on the PD content, dates and locations as well as the APPLE Ohio study.

ODE-Approved Professional Development Policy and Process Overview (Rev. June 2011)

Requirements for Attendance at Revised ODE-Approved Professional Development Orientation

Trainers and other providers of professional development seeking to offer ODE-approved credit must attend an orientation to become familiar with the requirements, the approved PD formats, Ohio’s new Early Learning and Development Standards, and application process via the Ohio Professional Development Network Registry. To register for the three-hour orientation, download, complete and submit the Registration Form. 2012-2013 Orientation Registration Form

Study Groups/Communities of Practice as Professional Development

The study group - or community of practice - is one way to accomplish job-embedded professional development to increase participants’ knowledge and skills around a selected topic of study.

ODE-approved professional development credit will be issued for a maximum of 10 clock hours per year. It is expected that the group meet face-to-face for at least this number of hours. Credit may be pro-rated or denied participants for attendance at fewer than the number of scheduled meetings.

For ODE-approved professional development credit, prospective facilitators must attend an ODE-approved Professional Development Orientation, complete the application process, and conduct the group using prescribed, standardized forms and evaluation materials. The application materials are available on the ODE website and include:

Access to the electronic PD application and click on the Online Tutorial to view the step-by-step instructions on how to register and create a profile.

Last Modified: 6/7/2013 11:04:10 AM