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    • In-service Credit

    General Information

    The VCS Professional Development Learning System Manual

    Statement of Professional Learning Conduct

    DOE Professional Development Protocol Standards

    In-service for Non-employees

    In-service Credits

    Earning In-service Credits

    Transferring In-service Credits

    Viewing Your In-service Credits

    Professional Learning Implementation and Evaluation Evidence Form (in-service request for non-district training - a Microsoft Word version of this form is available on our Intranet site for employees)

    College Credit Conversion

    Earning In-service Credit

    Professional learning eligible for inservice credit must include the four phases as defined by protocol and described in the PD Cycle:  planning, learning, implementing and evaluating.

    Participants will receive inservice credit when all of the following criteria have been successfully met:
    participation in the professional learning activity.
    implementation of new learning.
    evaluation of the impact of the new learning on professional practice and students.
    evidence of the above submitted to the facilitator for assessment.

    Whether attendance is voluntary or mandatory for professional learning, inservice credit will be awarded for learning time, implementation and evaluation.

    Inservice credit will be awarded when participants successfully meet all the expectations outlined by the facilitator. Partial credit will not be awarded for incomplete and/or unsuccessful demonstration of expectations.

    In-service credit will not be given for informational meetings and committee meetings. Informational meetings are task oriented and generally focus on managerial or logistical issues. Meetings are agenda driven by a leader who presents information to the participants. The following list includes, but is not limited to, examples of topics that may be covered in informational meetings for which inservice credit is not awarded are:

    Code of Conduct, Ethics
    Technical Updates; e.g., MyPGS, VIMS 
    General Policies and Procedures
    Safety Procedures
    Blood borne Pathogens
    Bus Driving Certification for Athletics
    Union Meetings

    Examples of committees that hold meetings concerning school-related tasks for which inservice credit is not awarded are:

    Curriculum Committee
    Safety Committee
    Sunshine (Social) Committee
    Lead Literacy Team
    School Advisory Council


    Non-district training attended by VCS employees may be eligible for inservice credit. To meet eligibility, professional learning opportunities must be aligned to an individual's DPP and/or School/District Professional Development Plans. Attendance at conventions, conferences, and seminars typically does not guarantee that inservice credits will be awarded. Most events have awareness-level breakout sessions which do not meet the Florida's Professional Development Protocol Standards for implementation and evaluation. Following the event, the participant must implement the new learning, complete the Professional Learning Implementation and Evaluation Evidence form for conferences, and submit to the Professional Development Department along with required documentation of attendance and number of hours of training.


    Training hours for instructional and non-instructional personnel are not considered inservice credit for professional educator certificate renewal. Training hours may include technology applications, auditable compliance standards and job-specific skills. Support personnel may apply training hours to the career ladder process under development by VCS Human Resources.

    ESE 20-Hour Requirement for Recertification

    Effective July 1, 2014, all individuals applying for recertification in Florida are required to have 20 in-service credits or 1 college credit hour in instructing students with disabilities.  This requirement is included within the 120 in-service credit or six hours of college credit. Each school district is responsible for identifying what professional development courses satisfy the requirement.  The Office of Professional Development and Support, Human Resources and VTO have collaborated in this process and have released the following announcement together.

    ESE 20-hour In-service Credit Requirement for Recertification – FAQ

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