Professional Development Requirement and CEU Information

Professional Development Requirements and CEU Information

Public Act No. 12-116 – An Act Concerning Educational Reform

Per Section 39 of PA 12-116, passed in 2012, as of July 1, 2012, CEU requirements for all teachers HAVE BEEN ELIMINATED. Instead, as of July 1, 2013, districts must offer professional development as part of a plan developed by their district PD committee. The committee guidelines, which have been in place since the passage of PA 10-220a in 2010, are also below.

CT General Statutes (PA 12-116) require that professional development must:

  • Be a comprehensive, sustained, intensive approach to improving teacher effectiveness
  • Foster collective responsibility for student performance
  • Be job-embedded, and take place mostly in small groups or on an individual basis
  • Include how to integrate reading, literacy & numeracy enhancement, cultural awareness, and teaching ELLs into instructional practice
  • Be informed by teacher evaluation

The entire bill can be found here.

In-service training. Professional development committees. Institutes for educators. Cooperating teacher program, regulations.

Per PA 10-220a – which was passed in 2010 and was not eliminated by the passage of PA 12-116-a professional development committee must meet certain requirements, which are as follows:

  • Must include members of bargaining units, chosen by such units;
  • Must be responsible for development, evaluation & annual updating of PD plan for district certified employees.

Also Per 10-220a, a professional development plan:

  • Must include ongoing & systematic assessment and improvement of PD and teacher evaluation;
  • Must provide training for administrators in evaluation;
  • Must relate to regular and special student needs;
  • May provide for inclusion of career incentives & parent involvement.


If you have any questions about any of the above requirements and/or changes, please contact Michele Ridolfi O’Neill, CEA Educational Issues Specialist, at

Is Your Teaching Certificate Up-to-Date?

The State Department of Education is the state agency that grants certificates and stores teacher certification information. Anyone seeking information about obtaining or maintaining a Connecticut certificate may visit THIS LINK to find information and determine which forms to use. The ED 170 Form is a general application for certification, and may be used in cases where one is uncertain about which level of certificate to apply for or which forms to use.

It is each individual teacher’s responsibility to maintain his or her teaching certificate. As a professional, it is perhaps the most important thing you can do to assure your continued employment in a school district AND protect your retirement benefits.

Meeting certification application deadlines will help protect you from the hassles that mayresult from letting your certificate expire.


Moving Through Connecticut’s Certification Continuum

When you hold a CT Provisional Educator Certificate

When you hold a CT Professional Educator Certificate

Questions? Concerns? Need more information?

NTL Contract Available Online

The NTL contract is available online. 

Human Resource Forms that are available online include:

Employment Eligibility Verification Form I-9
Form W-4 (2017)
Non-Union Exempt Performance Review Form
Non-Union Non-Exempt Performance Review Form
NTL Payroll Option Form
Direct Deposit Form
Employee Information Update Form
Federal Tax Withholding Form
CT Tax Withhoding Form – CT W4
Life Insurance Beneficiary
Dental Insurance Enrollment Form
Insurance Waiver Form
Health Insurance Enrollment Form
HSA Bank Form
Memo – Mileage Reimbursement Forms
Mileage Reimbursement Form

CEA Member Benefits – Shopping

A.C. Moore Arts & Crafts

Present school ID or pay stub at checkout to receive 15% Teacher Discount off your total purchase (including coupon and sale items).


Ann Taylor Loft

Click on “Loft Loves Teachers” at the bottom of the home page and register to receive special discounts, including 15% off in-store purchases.


Barnes and Noble

Apply at local store for Educator Discount Program to get 20% off select items. Bring proof of educator status.


Brooks Brothers

CEA members are eligible to enroll for the Brooks Brothers Corporate Membership Card, providing an everyday 15% savings on regular price merchandise in stores and online. To enroll click on the link above and use Organization ID: 11422 and PIN #: 76758.


Buyer’s Edge, Inc.

Use this buying service to call wholesalers and distributors directly for quotes on major purchases such as appliances, TVs, cars, furniture, kitchen cabinets, and 14 other categories. Use group number/username: 1001 and password: member1 to receive a quote.



Clinton Crossing Premium Outlets

Show CEA membership card at Simon Guest Services for Savings Passport coupon booklet offering discounts at various stores.


Joann Fabric and Craft Stores

Teachers can receive a Teachers Rewards Discount Card witch gives 15% off every purchase in stores and online.


NEA Click & Save

The most popular discount program for NEA members and their families. This exclusive shopping service offers savings on brand name merchandise from hundreds of top retailers, online stores, and local merchants. Save on clothing, electronics, restaurants, jewelry, movie tickets and more.



Sign-up for the Staples Teacher Rewards Program to receive discounts just for teachers.

In addition to regular Staples Rewards benefits, Staples Rewards Teachers are eligible to earn 10% back on Teacher Qualifying Purchases, which include a variety of teaching and art supplies.


Tanger Outlets Centers

CEA members can go to the administrative offices and pick-up a coupon booklet offering various discounts/offers at stores worth $300 in savings. Must show CEA member ID.

Discounts on hotels, theme parks, attractions, movie tickets, events, car rentals, and more. Visit the website, click “Become a Member” to set up an account, and enter company code CEA.

Save the Date for CEA New Teachers Conference

Save the Date: CEA New Teacher Conference, April 1

Workshops and networking for early-career teachers

Designed especially for educators who have been teaching less than seven years, CEA’s annual New Teacher Conference will give you a better understanding of classroom management techniques, the teacher evaluation process, and your legal rights and responsibilities in and out of the classroom.

More info

Special Budget Edition of CEAGo


Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017

In his budget address today, Governor Malloy outlined a plan that threatens our public education system and creates clear winners and losers in every community across the state.

CEA stands firmly against this scheme to divide our schools.

Watch CEA Executive Director Mark Waxenberg on CT-N urging legislators to put children before politics.

Watch Mark Waxenberg’s interview with FOX 61.

Read how the governor’s budget plans would impact our pensions and healthcare fund. Read CEA’s reaction. Read CT Mirror Article.


From teacher pensions to underfunding education, let your voice be heard at two upcoming hearings at the Legislative Office Building.

Tuesday, Feb. 21, Room 2C, 4 p.m.
Appropriations Committee public hearing on the budget

Wednesday, Feb. 22 (tentative date)
Education Committee public hearing

Contact CEA legislative coordinator Susan Williams for more information and assistance testifying before the committee or submitting written remarks.
A shiny apple to the millions of teachers across the country and right here in Connecticut who called and emailed their senators, urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos.

A rotten apple to those Senate Republicans who put party allegiance ahead of concerns from thousands of their constituents urging them to vote against Betsy DeVos because she is bad for students and public education. Read the latest.


CEA is hosting at-home meetings with legislative leaders in your district. Contact Chris Donovan to set up a meeting in your local.


Everything legislators do impacts us, and we need to be ready to stand up and fight for our students and our profession. Become a TAG team member and jump into action to educate legislators on key issues. Read more or contact Gus Melita to join your colleagues in this important endeavor.

CEA Member Benefits – CT Attractions

Did you know that CEA members get discounts on all of these attractions?



Adventure Parks

Adventure Park, Bridgeport

CEA members and their families save nearly 40%!

Adventure Park, Storrs

CEA members and their families save nearly 40%!



CEA members receive one week free and 50% off the enrollment fee with their CEA card. Locations around CT and Western MA.


American Clock and Watch Museum, Bristol

Show CEA card to receive buy one, get one free regular admission for $6.

Connecticut Science Center, Hartford

15% discount off membership for educators.

Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Quinnipiac University, Hamden

Free admission.

Mark Twain House & Museum, Hartford

Main House Tours only $12 (normally $19) for CEA members. Show your membership card at the ticket desk.

Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury

CEA members receive $10 off an annual individual membership (normally $40).

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Apply in person and show CEA card for $30 off membership at Supporter Level (reg. $75) or Contributor Level (reg. $110).

Mystic Aquarium

CEA members receive $5 off general admission tickets up to four (4) people, when valid CEA membership ID card is shown at the time of the visit to the admissions staff. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer. Members can also save up to $10 off the purchase of a new membership to Mystic Aquarium. Show your CEA membership card and receive $10 off a Family, Grandparent, or Circle membership and $5 off an Individual or Couple membership.

Mystic Seaport

CEA members get complimentary “anytime passes” when researching a field trip to Mystic Seaport. To reserve your free pass, contact Education Staff ( or prior to your visit. Members are also invited to a free, annual Teacher Appreciation Weekend at Mystic Seaport (this year’s event is April 22-23, 2017). All teachers and their families (up to four people total with teacher ID) will receive free Mystic Seaport admission. Learn more at

New Britain Industrial Museum

Free admission.

Pequot Museum, Mashantucket

$2 off admission with CEA membership card.

The Museum of Connecticut History, Hartford

Free admission.

The Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford

$10 discount off regular membership rates for educators with Select Individual and Household Membership Levels.

Ski Areas

Killington Resort – Killington, VT

Pico Mountain – Killington, VT

Use promo code: CTEDU17 to save on 1-day and multi-day tickets. (Certain restrictons may apply).


The Bushnell, Hartford

CEA members get 10 to 20 percent off many performances at The Bushnell, plus reduced per-ticket fees. To see upcoming shows with special CEA member pricing, go to and enter the password HORACE (case sensitive). To book tickets using your discount, call 860.987.5959 or 860.987.6096 and identify yourself as a CEA member.


Alamo Car Rental

Take advantage of the savings on car rentals from Alamo that are part of your benefits as an NEA member. And, at most locations, you can also enjoy no daily mileage limits, no charge for a second driver and coupons for even more savings!

Always use your NEA member discount ID: 613575.

Hertz Car Rental

Save up to 25% every time you rent with Hertz! Log in to take advantage of your NEA member discount and make sure to reference the discount CDP #: 50655 when you reserve your rental. Combine it with a Special Hertz offer to save even MORE!

Roncari Express Valet Parking

CEA members receive the deepest discount—27% off airport parking—for any length of stay at Roncari, the closest valet parking service to Bradley International Airport. Go online and register as a StarCard member. At your first in-person visit to Roncari, identify yourself as a CEA member, and your profile will be updated to offer an automatic discount every time you park. Questions? Call Kelly Bouchard at 860.627.8201, ext. 114, or email


CEAGo dated Feb. 6, 2017


The Governor’s budget address is Wed., Feb. 8, but he has already outlined budget plans that impact our pensions and healthcare fund. Read CEA’s reaction. Read CT Mirror Article


CEA will be paying close attention to the governor’s budget plan and will keep you updated on proposals that impact our students, our schools, and our profession.

Stay tuned to and for updates and watch for a special CEAgo update in your email on Wednesday with all the budget highlights, video and comments from CEA leaders.

A shiny apple to these Connecticut legislators for introducing bills requested by CEA that would support students, teachers, and public education.

A rotten apple to these Connecticut legislators for introducing anti-public education and anti-union bills that would hurt students and teachers.


Don’t have time to search for education news? Stay up-to-date on the news that affects your students and your profession. Visit


She is the most opposed and unqualified candidate for Secretary of Education since the department was formed more than three decades ago.
More than 1 million teachers and supporters emailed and another 50,000 called their senators, urging them to oppose DeVos.
Senators Blumethal and Murphy held news conferences with Connecticut teachers opposing DeVos. A full senate vote is expected Tuesday.


Educators dodged a bullet with last year’s Supreme Court decision in Friedrichs. But teachers and all union employees are targets of anti-union forces hell-bent on trying to destroy our individual and collective bargain rights, and our union—and if Neil Gorsuch becomes the next Supreme Court Justice—that could happen sooner than later. Read A Five Year Assault on Teachers and Unions.


CEA invites you to attend our free workshops

Workshops and networking for early-career teachers


Save on tickets to Harlem Globetrotters (Feb. 18), Cirque du Soleil (March 15-19) at the XL Center in Hartford. Click here for your discount code.