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Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) now refers to in-service courses as CPDs. CPDs are MSDE approved credit-bearing courses. Teachers have priority when registering for CPD courses. Support staff and substitutes are encouraged to register for CPDs and can be considered on a space available basis. CPD credits count toward salary advancement and certification renewal for professional staff.  For inquiries regarding certification, professional staff should contact the certification unit in the Department of Certification and Staffing.


The Montgomery County Education Association has established the following registration fee structure:
  • $30.00 for a 1-credit course
  • $60.00 for a 2-credit course
  • $90.00 for a 3-credit course     
Permanent employees will have the fee assessed by payroll deduction after completion of the course.  Non-permanent employees such as substitute teachers or employees on long-term leave should contact the CPD office to make payment arrangements.

Support staff and substitute teachers may register on PDO for CPD courses but will only be considered on a space-available basis.

Questions?  Call Beverly Huntley, Department of Certification and Staffing, at 301-315-7391.

Contact Information

Office of Human Resources and Development
Montgomery County Public Schools,
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2300
Rockville, MD 20850

Phone: 301-315-7391

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      If you are a 12 month employee and are planning to take MSDE/CPD courses during the duty day for credit, please provide a copy of your approved annual or personal leave slip to the CPD Registrar. This information is requested for auditing purposes only.   If you do not want to receive credit for MSDE/CPD courses, please let the CPD Registrar know and the certification unit will be notified of your decline of credit and it will be put in your certification file for future references. 

      Per the Leave Unit, all 12 month employees are required to use PERSONAL or ANNUAL LEAVE to attend any MSDE/CPD course during the duty day. 

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Registration for CPD courses:

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CPD Guidelines for non-public and long-term leave staff:

MCPS teachers have priority enrollment in all CPD courses. Non-public, long-term leave, substitute teachers, and supporting services staff are placed on a space availability basis. Check your email on a regular basis prior to the start of class in case you have been moved to the wait list or dropped from a class.

A registration fee for each course depending on the number of credits will be collected via payroll deduction for all MCPS employees including substitute teachers after the completion of each course.

Non-MCPS and long-term leave participants only should contact our office. There will be a $50 non-refundable registration fee per course plus $30 per credit. Checks should be made payable to MCPS and sent to the following address at the beginning of each CPD course:

Office of Human Resources and Development CPD Registrar
Montgomery County Public Schools,
45 West Gude Drive, Suite 2300,
Rockville, MD 20850

If you have any questions about following these guidelines, please call 301-315-7391.

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