Professional Development

In accordance with the mandated direction from the State Superintendent, school buildings will be closed for the remainder of the school year, in order to maintain the health and safety of our staff and students. 
 
Due to the school closures, please submit certification documents to the Office of Certification via email to certunit@bcps.org.  Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the college or university to certunit@bcps.org.  Certification representatives will be monitoring this email account and responding to inquiries.  The timeline for reviewing all certification and reimbursement requests has not changed.  Please allow up to 6-8 weeks for your request to be reviewed.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.


There are several online professional development and continuing education websites that partner with regionally accredited colleges and universities to offer coursework for educators.  Coursework must be relevant to K-12 education and related to your current assignment or anticipated educational assignment.  Coursework must first satisfy certification requirements then can also be taken for further educational enrichment.

The BCPS Office of Teacher Development organizes workshops, events, courses and programs for professional growth and to earn credits needed for recertification, salary advancement, or additional endorsements.

You are encouraged to contact the Office of Certification if you are unsure if a course is acceptable. Please provide a course description when inquiring about coursework.  If you opt to take an online professional development course, you must order the course as graduate, semester-hour credits and ensure you will receive an official transcript with a grade of “C” or better.  Clock hours and continuing education hours are not acceptable.