What Type of Credit Do I Need?
Please see below for descriptions of each type of credit, guidelines and resources for determining the type of credit you need.
Continuing Education Units (CEU)
Continuing Education Units or CEUs, were established by a national task force of educational associations and are intended for use where employers, re-licensing agencies or others require a specified number of hours of study, and noncredit study is acceptable for fulfillment of those requirements. One CEU is awarded for each clock hour of contact participation. A certificate that includes participation hours and dates will be provided at the end of the training or workshop. CEUs are not included on a transcript. LPCs, LMFTs and other licensed mental health providers can use CEUs to renew their license. More information on Oregon professional counselor and therapist licensure renewal requirements
Professional Development Units (PDU)
PDUs are provided for post-baccalaureate professional development coursework designed for graduate-level educators and administrators. One PDU is awarded for each clock hour of contact participation. A certificate that includes participation hours and dates will be provided at the end of the training or workshop. PDUs are not included on a transcript. Under current TSPC rules, Oregon educators can use PDUs to renew a preliminary teaching license. More information about Oregon educator licensure renewal requirements
Washington State Clock Hours
Clock hours are accrued by Washington State educators toward continuing education requirements in the state of Washington. In July 2019 the Washington State Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) decided that continuing education units (including PDUs) from accredited colleges or universities, whether in-state or out-of-state, will now be accepted as clock hours. When applicable, Washington educators attending CCE workshops will be provided PDU certificates to submit for their licensure or other continuing education documentation needs. More information about WA clock hours and a comprehensive list of the 2019 PESB policy changes can be found here.
Graduate Continuing Education Credit (CE Credit)
An 800-level course number indicates graduate continuing education credit or CE credit. CE credit students complete additional coursework above and beyond the class meeting time as outlined on the syllabus for that course. CE credit is graded CR/NC and included on a grade report mailed to participants after grading is complete. An official transcript with CE credit may be requested from the Graduate Registrar. Under current TSPC rules, 1 semester hour of CE credit equates to 30 PDUs. Oregon school counselors may complete 6 semester hours of CE credit for advancement to the Professional Teaching License. Many Oregon school districts also accept CE credit for salary scale advancement. NOTE: Prospective students should confirm the applicability of credits per TSPC and/or school district policy. More information about Oregon educator licensure renewal requirements
Graduate Degree-Applicable Credit
Some continuing education opportunities are offered for graduate degree-applicable credit. A 500 or 600-level course number indicates graduate degree-applicable credit. Graduate degree-applicable credit students complete additional coursework above and beyond the class meeting time as outlined on the syllabus for that course. Students receive letter grades. Students enrolled for graduate degree-applicable credit are admitted to an academic program leading to a graduate degree, licensure, certificate or endorsement recommendation. Prospective students of these programs may take one course as a “special student” prior to admission to the program. Please contact the CCE to be connected to a program advisor, and/or to register for a course as a special student. Completion of an endorsement program can be used to move from a Preliminary to a Professional Teaching License. More information about Oregon educator licensure renewal requirements