Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Education Credit

Professional Growth Credits

At the end of each one-day workshop sponsored by Smekens Education, participants receive a certificate of completion which acknowledges time spent in professional development. Each certificate is signed by the presenter and lists the key points addressed during the workshop.

Because the requirements for each state vary, participants are responsible for verifying that training from Smekens Education will fulfill their state's continuing education requirements.

Smekens Education is an ACSI Approved Provider. For more information, visit our ACSI continuing education credit page.

In addition to credit for time spent in professional development, participants can also elect to earn graduate-level university credit. Additional details about graduate-level credit can be found in the sidebar.


For workshops held in Illinois, Smekens Education works with the ROE where the workshop is located to provide state-approved professional development credit. As an approved subcontractor of the ROE, Smekens Education is able to provide all Illinois teachers with the state-approved credit, regardless of where they reside in Illinois. Please check individual workshop pages for specific ROE approval information.


Certified educators in Indiana can earn 5.25 PGPs for attending any one-day workshop sponsored by Smekens Education. The completion certificate provided at the end of the workshop serves as verification of attendance.

Through a partnership with Madonna University, attendees may receive SCECHs for attending Smekens Education workshops.

Participants who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop are eligible to receive five (5) SCECHs for each one-day seminar. Participants arriving on time will receive the SCECH form when they check in. Participants must fill out the SCECH form completely and turn it in at the end of the workshop to the designated monitor. (NOTE: SCECH forms will not be accepted for participants who arrive late or depart early from the workshop.) Participants must turn in their own SCECH form before they leave the workshop. Forms cannot be accepted by mail or from their colleagues. An evaluation must be completed by the participant to receive credit. The evaluation will be emailed to the participant after MIEM receives the SCECH forms back. A fee of $20 per participant applies and is due on the day of the seminar.

With prior approval from a Local Professional Development Committee, certified educators from Ohio can earn 5.25 CEUs (5 Contact Hours) for attending any one-day workshop sponsored by Smekens Education. The completion certificate provided at the end of the workshop, in addition to a Verification of Participation form, serves as proof of Contact Hours.

West Virginia
With prior approval from a participant's school or district, it may be possible to receive graduate credit for attending a Smekens Education workshop. Participants are eligible to receive one credit hour from Purdue University-Calumet for each one-day workshop. (Additional fees and course work required.) For each one-day workshop, participants engage in 5.25 hours of professional development and receive a completion certificate to verify attendance.

Other states

With prior approval from a participant's school or district, it may be possible to earn credit for attending a Smekens Education workshop.  For each one-day workshop, participants engage in 5.25 hours of professional development.


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Graduate Credit


For an additional fee, teachers who attend a 2-day workshop may earn three nationally accredited graduate-level credits from the Midwest Teachers Institute and their university partner, Colorado State University-Pueblo. These non-degree credits are designed for professional certification renewals and salary step increases. (Check with your district for approval prior to making a commitment.)

Midwest Teachers Institute (MTI) — 3 credits/$375

  • Attendance at both days of the Writing Remix, plus additional coursework related to the workshop, is required for credit.
  • MTI has an exclusive agreement with Colorado State University-Pueblo to provide teachers with an official transcript.
  • Colorado State University-Pueblo is nationally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. MTI courses through CSU-Pueblo are accepted in all 50 states.

Registration information will be shared during the 10 a.m. break of each workshop. After the workshop, attendees have 2 weeks to apply their training hours to the program. The cost of graduate credit is separate from the cost of attending a workshop.

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