Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Courses

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development, formerly referred to as in-service courses. 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. MCPS CPD courses receiving MSDE CPD credits count toward salary advancement and certification renewal for professional staff. For inquiries regarding certification and MCEA salary lane advancement, professional staff should contact the certification unit in the Department of Certification and Staffing.


Registration Fee Structure

The following is the 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, including employees on leave, should contact the CPD office for the fee structure information, which is not reflected above, and to make payment arrangements. See registration information below for more details and instructions.

Questions?  Call Michele Gessford, CPD Registrar, 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

CPD NEWS

  • REGISTRATION FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT THIS FALL -- Be sure to REGISTER EARLY!
    Fall semester (FY 2021) Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses were released on the Professional Development Online (PDO) system on Monday, August 17, 2020.  Teachers have priority registration in all CPD courses.  Support staff and substitute teachers may register for CPD courses, but only on a space available basis.
  • IMPORTANT NOTE --  MCPS CPD COURSE CREDIT SLIPS for MCPS teachers are being provided ONLY to the certification unit for the educator MSDE and MCPS certification files.  MCPS educators can refer to their PDO transcript for course information.  As a reminder, ONLY MCPS CPD course credits will be recorded on PDO.   
  • FOR 12 MONTH EMPLOYEES:  
    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 that you have declined credit and will add the information to your certification file for future reference.
  • ThinkPort MSDE Approved Online Courses  
    Thinkport wants to help you be the best teacher you can be. Through Think Career you'll be able to expand your experience through professional development programs and interaction with your peers online.
  • CPD FAQ re: MCPS-sponsored CPDs 
  • CPD FAQ re: Outside Agency-sponsored CPDs 
  • CPD Course Listing (courses approved for MCPS offering)

REGISTRATION

Register for Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses on the MCPS Professional Development Online (PDO) website.

REGISTER EARLY  --  Fall semester (FY 2021) Continuing Professional Development CPD courses were released on the Professional Development Online (PDO) system on Monday, August 17,  2020.  Teachers have priority registration in all CPD courses.  Support staff and substitute teachers may register for CPD courses, but only on a space available basis.  

Guidelines for non-permanent educators:

Non-permanent educators are placed into CPD courses on a space available 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.

Non-permanent educators should contact our office for registration fee information and payment. There is an additional $50 non-refundable fee per course:

  • $80.00 for a 1-credit course
  • $110.00 for a 2-credit course
  • $140.00 for a 3-credit course     

Checks should be made payable to “MCPS” and sent to the following address prior to the end of the 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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