Professional Development and Advancement

Professional Development and Advancement

MEA Center for Leadership & Learning LogoMEA members have access to high-quality programs needed to maintain and improve our job skills through our Center for Leadership & Learning, including online professional development, certification guidance, and numerous conferences and trainings.

Online professional development
MEA members receive free access to numerous online professional development opportunities that can help advance our careers. Courses are offered in an easy-to-use, self-paced format and are arranged in libraries specially designed for members based on their specific role and level of experience.

Graduate credits are available for those who complete applicable online courses. SCECHs (formerly known as SBCEUs) and ESP certifications are also available.

Certification guidance
MEA provides members with up-to-date information on state requirements for maintaining a teaching certificate in Michigan, as well as one-on-one help whenever it’s needed.

National Board Certification
In addition to providing assistance to members for state certification, MEA can help guide teachers through the process of achieving National Board Certification.

Conferences and trainings
MEA sponsors several conferences throughout the year with trainings designed for teachers, education support professionals, higher education employees and others. MEA also offers small-group professional development seminars, either inperson or online. If you’d like to build your skills in a certain area or would like to know the kinds of trainings available, contact your UniServ director.

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