Guidance for the 100 Hour Requirement for Certified Staff
On May 6, 1998, the New Jersey State Board of Education adopted a plan requiring all school personnel, tenured and non-tenured alike, who hold instructional licenses or educational services licenses (guidance counselors, nurses, school psychologists, etc.) to complete 100 hours of continuing education every five years, starting Sept. 1, 2000. The dates staff must present evidence that the requirement is complete are in multiples of five from 2000, or 2005, 2010, 2015, etc.. The last period ends on 8/30/2010. All affected staff must show 100 hours earned since 2005. Staff hired in between the benchmark years have their hours prorated @ 20 hours per year. (i.e., a teacher hired in 2008 must show 40 completed hours. The clock and hours then reset for that person until 2015.)
(Note: In order for activities to count towards the 100 hours, they must pertain to the goals or content outlined in the staff person’s PDP.)
Calculating the number of hours
A. Hour-for-hour activities
The standards board has identified three categories of professional development that count hour-for-hour toward the 100-hour requirement:
- Formal courses (regular or online) and conferences. These experiences include, but are not limited to, workshops, seminars, institutes, and/or other such programs. Activities must be sponsored by colleges and universities, district boards of education, professional associations, training organizations, or other entities approved through the local district plan process or as part of the provider registration system.
NOTE: One hour of college credit equals 15 hours of professional development.
Required courses, seminars, and/or other activities. These are PD experiences which are required for maintenance of licenses or certificates and are issued by professional organizations or government entities (for example, social worker, school nurse). In instances where the same course must be taken twice within the five-year period, the hours will count only once toward fulfilling the continuing education requirement.
- Curriculum development and writing. Activities related to the process of developing curriculum focused on the Core Curriculum Content Standards (CCCS), including, but not limited to, research, writing, and revision, are covered.
B. Activities with specified hours
The PTSB has identified two additional categories of professional development that specifically delineate how credit should be counted toward the 100 hours:
1. Activities that Support and/or Enhance the Profession: – Limited to 75 of the total 100 hours. These activities include but are not limited to grant writing, mentoring a pre-service teacher or a novice teacher, professional service on boards or committees, and teaching a course or workshop. NOTE: The total number of hours that can be accrued in these activities is 75 out of the 100 hours. In addition, the number of hours that can be accrued in various activities that serve the profession are:
- Service on boards/committees shall not exceed 10 hours per year of PD credit, provided that such service is identified in the PIP with the specific goals of the experience outlined therein.
- A mentor for a novice teacher or a cooperating teacher for a pre-service teacher will accrue one hour of PD credit for each week of supervision. An educator who works with
- An educator who works with a pre-service teacher or a team of pre-service teachers in a junior practicum will earn three PD hours per semester.
- In addition to the actual clock hours spent in delivery of the first presentation, presenters or teachers of courses or workshops shall accrue PD hours on the basis of two hours of preparation time for every hour of delivery time. The teaching or presenting of the same or a similar course or workshop shall count only once in a five-year cycle.
2. Independent Professional Studies: These studies can include but are not limited to action research, study groups, sabbaticals, fellowships, internships, teacher exchanges, textbook review, portfolio development, online workshops or programs, and contributions to professional literature. An individual who decides to develop such an independent study program must adhere to the following procedures:
- The individual’s PIP must include a written rationale demonstrating how his/her proposed plan is consistent with the state standards for professional development.
- The individual and his/her immediate supervisor must discuss the projected number of hours which will be spent in such study.
- Over the course of the independent study, the staff member will maintain a log of actual hours completed.
Comments from: NJ School Boards Association
What Professional Development Activities Count Towards the 100 Hours?
The Department of Education has clarified the type of activities that may count towards teachers’ fulfillment of their 100 hours requirement. Although not specifically incorporated in the amended 2004 Code, there is every indication that the Department’s intent, as expressed in its document “ A New Vision For Professional Development Update 2002”, continues to be applicable, as long as they meet the elements of the codified standards. Thus, teachers may satisfy their continued education requirement through a combination of various experiences…
These activities include: in-service programs; formal courses and conferences sponsored by colleges, district boards of education, professional associations, or other entities …..
In addition, the following activities may also count towards the requirement: action research, development of other activities related to curriculum writing; activities that “serve the profession,” including, but not limited to grant writing, mentoring and other professional activities, and independent professional studies such as study groups, sabbaticals, fellowships, textbook review and portfolio developments.
However, certain limitations on creditable hours may be placed on these additional activities. For example, only 75 hours of professional activities can be accrued in any five-year period and hours spent serving on professional boards cannot exceed 10 hours in any one year.