By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – Several Lee County teachers will have an easier time earning education credits this year.
The district purchased the rights to allow several of its educators to get some of their mandatory training credits online.
Mississippi requires teachers with bachelor’s degrees to earn 10 continuing education units every five years. Those with master’s degrees must earn five every five years. Credits can be gained by attending various training programs throughout the year.
Under the new program, Lee County’s teachers will be able to earn one of those credits through an online program that the school district purchased from “EZ Renewal Credit 24/7.” Each program will last about 10 hours and include an exam the teacher must pass.
“It is a tool for online professional development, and it will make it easier for some teachers to get CEUs,” said Casey Dye, Lee County Schools’ Director of Federal Programs. “They can go online and do it at their convenience.”
The school district spent $7,000 to purchase 100 courses. It will proportionally divvy those courses to schools based upon their enrollment.
Principals will learn how many courses their school has available and will then select which teachers are able to take them.
Dye said the programs would focus on content knowledge, which is one of three areas the district will emphasize this year in its teacher training programs. The other two are the use of technology in the classroom and of thinking maps.
Dye said that the online training will also help teachers prepare from the new national standards for curriculum.
“A lot of things will be required in different grades, and teachers will be expected to teach content they haven’t taught in the past,” Dye said.