Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
FAQs about CEC PDHs
One professional development hour (PDH) represents one clock hour in a planned continuing education experience that is relevant to the profession or discipline of special education, developed from explicit learning outcomes, conducted by qualified instructional personnel, and designed to reflect principles of good practice in adult education.
States and professional organizations use different units of measurement for professional development activities (credits, CEUs, PDUs, CMHs, etc.). We have adopted PDHs as the CEC unit of measurement because clock hours are the common denominator underlying most systems of measuring continuing education activities.
CEC professional development activities that award PDHs will always include that information, along with the number of PDHs available, with promotional material. In general, CEC webinars, conferences, institutes, the annual convention, and other formal professional development activities carry PDHs.
Activities that are generally not eligible for PDHs include service on committees and boards and training related to volunteer roles in CEC (e.g., membership development training for unit officers).
- You must be registered for the event or activity.
- You must meet the completion requirement for the event. Typically, you must attend or participate for at least 90% of the scheduled instructional time to qualify for PDHs.
Procedures for receiving PDHs will be explained at each professional development event. You'll receive a PDH certificate by email or US mail, depending on the event.
Be sure to keep these certificates for your records.
You should always check in advance with the licensing or certifying body to learn whether they will accept CEC PDHs.
CEC PDHs count toward maintenance of the ASHA Certificate of Clinical Competence. One CEC PDH equals one ASHA Certification Maintenance Hour (CMH). If you are selected for audit, you will need to be able to produce your PDH certificates to document your hours.