Available through Home Base
All our online PD is available through Home Base. Professional development is offered in both self-paced and instructor-led formats. Schedules, availability, and requirements are listed here; please see Home Base for additional information.
To enroll, log into the NCEES system using your IAM/NCEdCloud username and password, then click the Professional Development tab. You can then search for a course by title or list all courses. Select the course you wish to register for, and on the course screen, click on the available section. Then click register. Additional directions are available in video format.
I have decided to go back to get my master’s online after seeing how easy it is to take courses online on my own time! Thank you for the confidence! — A North Carolina educator
Flexible & Collaborative
“Self-paced” modules don’t have to be done alone! They can be implemented in a variety of ways. We recommend professional learning communities (PLCs), whether online, offline, or in a hybrid format, but teachers can use the modules for self-directed learning.
Districts and charter schools with access to Home Base can teach local sections of most instructor-led courses. Access to Moodle will be provided, but the LEA must provide a trained and qualified instructor for each section. Only learners enrolled by the LEA in question will be enrolled in that section of the module.
Things to remember
- There is no cost to school districts or educators to take these modules. Any public LEA or charter school in North Carolina may use the modules.
- All materials needed to complete the modules are provided online. You must have reliable connectivity. Technology requirements are listed at the beginning of each module.
- Self-paced modules and mini-modules will be available throughout the school year. You may begin at any time. Each module requires a different amount of time for completion. Please refer to the descriptions of specific modules below for approximate completion times.
- Credit will be awarded on the PD system transcript upon successful completion of modules housed in Home Base. Educators may also print a Certificate of Completion for their records and to present to the Staff Development Contact within their school for CEUs. Final award of CEUs must be approved by the local education agency (school district or charter school). Central office staff may ask to see work products for self-paced modules before awarding credit. (See lists provided here on the page for each course.) Please note that unless explicitly marked otherwise, all courses are recommended for general credit, but credit type may be overridden by local authority.
Instructional Design Team / Educator Effectiveness
Self-Paced Modules and Mini-Modules
Self-paced professional development opportunities. Most modules offer credit for completion. Credit will be awarded on the PD system transcript upon successful completion of modules housed in Home Base.
Full-length modules are at least 5 hours in length. They typically have activities, opportunities for interaction, and requirements for work products.
Mini-modules are less than 5 hours in length. Most are primarily informational.
Unless otherwise noted, these courses are offered entirely online and facilitated by an instructor. Blended designates facilitated professional development offered partly online and partly face-to-face. MOOCs and MOOClets are Massively Open Online Courses with large participation (100 or more students) in which learning comes primarily from interaction among participants.
Courses are available at no cost to North Carolina educators and will be facilitated by DPI professionals. The courses are completed entirely online. Each session will start and end on specific scheduled dates. Participants are expected to meet all weekly deadlines in order to receive CEUs. Partial credit will not be given. Registration is limited.
To register: Log in to the NCEES system using your IAM/NCEdCloud username and password. Click the Professional Development tab. You can then search for a course by title or list all courses. Select the course you wish to register for, and on the course screen, click on the available section. Then click register. Additional directions are available in video format.
Select a standard to view its elements, then select an element to view courses that address it.
Implementation: Getting the Most from Online PD
Our implementation guide provides more information about taking online PD, including:
- What is online learning?
- What to expect from self-paced modules, instructor-led courses, and MOOClets
- Models and strategies for implementation by individuals, PLCs, and LEAs
The North Carolina Teacher Action Research Portal publishes the results of classroom-based action research performed by North Carolina teachers as part of the Governor’s Teacher Network in 2014–15.
What’s Action Research?
Action research is research performed by teachers for themselves and their students. It takes the normal reflective practice of educational practitioners and adds a dimension of systematic inquiry that helps clarify how their particular classrooms/schools operate, how well they teach, and how well their students learn. This allows teachers to reflect on their current practices, implement an intervention, activity or change, study the results and perhaps bring about positive change in their educational environment. The “action” in action research suggests that findings are meant to be implemented immediately — classroom practice can be revised before the year is out, and new research undertaken in a continual cycle.
Because action research is focused mainly on a particular setting or environment, its findings may not be as easily generalizable to other settings as formal academic research. However, their specificity may also help teachers adapt these projects’ findings to their own classrooms. The projects will also serve as models for other teachers’ own action research.
North Carolina educators can learn more about action research in Action Research for the Classroom: An Introduction, a self-paced professional development module offered through Home Base by NCDPI’s Division of Educator Effectiveness.
About the Governor’s Teacher Network
The Governor’s Teacher Network (GTN) was established by North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, in partnership with the NC Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI). This initiative, funded by the state’s Race to the Top grant, provides a statewide platform for teachers to share their best work around instruction and professional development and help advance Race to the Top (RttT) funded educational remodeling efforts across the state.
Through the GTN, approximately 450 outstanding teachers from across North Carolina were selected to serve for one year as instructional and professional development experts and facilitators. Network teachers remained in their current roles but worked to gain a deeper understanding of the State’s RttT-funded work in one of two “pathways,” both related to the establishment of Home Base.
In Pathway 1, teachers created professional development sessions and materials (face-to-face, webinars and/or online content) to address classroom instructional needs and increase the PD offerings in the state-wide Professional Development system in Home Base. Projects were developed from action research performed in participating teachers’ classrooms. The projects available here represent the product of that action research and professional development.