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Fulfilling your CTLE requirements

Teachers, paras need 100 PD hours from state-approved providers
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Jamie Polzin

Instructor Katrina Long (standing) checks in on members as they participate in an activity designed to illustrate collaborative partnerships at a LearnUFT workshop at union headquarters in the fall.

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Jamie Polzin

Some teachers and paraprofesisonals must collect 100 CTLE hours in each five-year cycle.

In 2016, the New York State Board of Regents adopted standards that require certain teachers and paraprofessionals to collect and track professional learning credits called Continuing Teacher and Leader Education (CTLE) hours. The following Q&A will help you learn more about how to fulfill your CTLE requirements. For answers to specific questions, please contact the UFT at 212-331-6311.

Who needs to collect and report CTLE hours?

Teachers who hold professional teaching certificates and paraprofessionals who hold Level III teaching assistant certificates need to collect and report CTLE hours.

If you achieve certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, you will be deemed to have met the CTLE requirement for that five-year cycle.

Teachers who hold other certificates (initial, conditional initial, Transitional A, Transitional B, internship or permanent) and paraprofessionals who hold Level I or II teaching certificates do not need to collect CTLE hours.

How many CTLE hours must I collect and report?

You must collect 100 CTLE hours in each five-year cycle. The five-year cycle begins when you register with the State Education Department after receiving your professional teaching certificate or your Level III teaching assistant certificate.

If you already held a professional teaching certificate or a Level III teaching assistant certificate during the 2016–17 school year, you registered with the State Education Department during the month of your birth and should collect 100 CTLE hours before that five-year cycle ends in the 2021–22 school year. If you accrued CTLE hours between July 2016 and your birthday month when you registered, you may use those hours toward the 100-hour requirement.

Which professional learning courses count toward the CTLE requirement?

Your CTLE hours must be completed with a state-approved provider.

Both the UFT’s LearnUFT program and the UFT Teacher Center are state-approved providers that offer affordable CTLE workshops. Browse the LearnUFT course listings online »

P-credits taken through the Department of Education’s After-School Professional Development Program (ASPDP) also count toward the CTLE requirement.

For credit-bearing university or college courses, each semester-hour of credit equals 15 clock hours of CTLE credit, and each quarter-hour of credit equals 10 clock hours of CTLE credit. Not all institutions of higher learning are state-approved — check first.

You can find a list of state-approved sponsors of CTLE on the State Education Department website.

What are the CTLE language-acquisition requirements?

If your professional certificate is in English to Speakers of Other Languages or you hold a bilingual extension annotation, a minimum of 50 percent of your CTLE hours must be in language acquisition, including a focus on best practices for co-teaching strategies and integrating language and content instruction for English language learners.

Everyone else must complete a minimum of 15 CTLE hours in language acquisition.

The UFT’s LearnUFT program offers many workshops in each of the UFT’s borough offices that meet this requirement.

How should I track my CTLE hours?

You should keep records of certificates you receive at CTLE workshops. These records should show the title of the program, the total number of hours completed, the number of hours completed in language acquisition addressing the needs of English language learners, the sponsor’s name and identifying number, attendance verification, the date and location of the program, and your Social Security Number and date of birth.

You may use the State Education Department’s recordkeeping form to assist you.

At the end of your five-year cycle, you may be asked to attest to whether you have met the 100-hour requirement. You do not need to submit your records or any other documentation to the Office of Teaching Initiatives unless it is requested. You should keep your records for at least three years after the end of your five-year cycle.

The UFT’s LearnUFT program has committed to maintaining the records of its course participants so UFT members can easily provide proof of CTLE hours if the state audits them.

Can the UFT tell me how to obtain my certificate from another provider?

The UFT's LearnUFT program and the UFT Teacher Center provide certificates of completion to educators who have taken CTLE courses with them. Unfortunately, the UFT is not able to tell you whether outside providers meet the state's requirements. You can find a list of state-approved sponsors of CTLE on the State Education Department websiteShould you need to obtain your records from an outside provider, you will need to contact that provider.

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