professional learning

Professional Learning

Professional learning opportunities are available to enhance educator skills and practices to improve student learning. These include licensure renewal and graduate credit courses, paraeducator certification; substitute authorization training, and informational classes held face-to-face, virtually, and in a blended environment.

     AEA PROFESSIONAL LEARNING SYSTEM

AEA Learning Online (Moodle)




AEA Learning Online offers courses featuring license renewal credit or graduate credit from Drake University, Morningside College, or Viterbo University. The site also has online self-paced trainings that help educators and schools meet mandates.

To search or register for an online course, visit the AEA PD Online “Moodle” course catalog.

If you have questions or need assistance with the site, please contact AEA PD Online at 1-800-255-0405 ext. 14668.

College Partnerships




Great Prairie AEA partners with the following post-secondary institutions to offer graduate credit for some of our Professional Development courses.

Drake University

You can continue your professional development and receive a Drake education regardless of your location through Drake’s Extension Education programs. All Extension Education courses are graduate-level offerings. Please visit  Drake’s Extension Education website for more information.

For more information about requesting a transcript from Drake University, please click here.

Grandview University

Grand View University offers Professional Development and continuing education opportunities for both graduate and undergraduate credit. While centrally located in Des Moines, most of these programs can be completed entirely online if preferred. Individual courses that are not part of a degree program can be taken for GV graduate credit through the AEA or directly through Grand View. Learn more about Virtual Professional Development through Grand View at
https://www.virtualeduc.com/direct_accounts/index.php?uid=59.

Morningside University

To learn more about graduate education at Morningside University, please click here.

For more information about requesting a transcript from Morningside University, please click here.

Instructors




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Instructor Requirements and Responsibilities

Great Prairie AEA requires all instructors to have a master’s degree.  Individuals wanting to become an instructor must submit a VITA in the Statewide Registration System. Click on the Enter Vita tab to begin the process.

Please contact michelle.dickey@gpaea.org for assistance with setting up a Course Proposal.

Licensure, Authorization, & Certificate Information




Renew a Teaching License through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners:

  • Update My Information with the BOEE – update your current address and email address. This is essential so that you will receive important updates and expiration reminders.
  • The BOEE is no longer printing and mailing licenses. The new system will send you a color PDF of your license. You may also view your license at any time on our website under “search for a license”. The website version of your license is considered your official license record.
  • Search for a license – view your current license type, endorsement, expiration dates, and if a pending transaction has been processed.

For more information regarding license renewal please visit the Board of Educational Examiners Website.

Paraeducators




Paraeducators are integral partners in the education setting so they need top-notch skills to provide the best academic and emotional support to students. To become a certified paraeducator in Iowa you must be at least 18 years of age, complete 3 Generalist Courses (90 hours) and Child/Adult Mandatory Reporter (4 hours), and apply through the Board of Educational Examiners for the certification upon completing the coursework. A 10-hour clinical experience in a classroom is also required. The cost of each course is $120.00 ($360.00 total). Additional fees include a $75.00 background check fee, $40.00 application fee, and $27.00 material fee. Fingerprinting fees vary by county but usually are between $15.00 and $25.00.

Parareducator courses through Great Prairie AEA include face-to-face or virtual time with instructors and online assignments through the Moodle. Please contact julie.hannam@gpaea.org for more information about the courses or visit the Board of Educational Examiners for certification and renewal information.

GPAEA has a number of courses available throughout the year. Learn more and register at https://www.smore.com/cb16f

Self-Paced Courses & Mandatory Reporter




AEA Learning Online Learning System provides educators with access to hundreds of self-paced trainings and courses. Many of the opportunities are free to employees in a participating district. Self-paced courses offer educators affordable options for license renewal or graduate credit* with the added convenience of no deadlines, no waiting for a section to start, and no waiting for a class to finish in order to receive your grade. View the AEA Professional Development Online Learning System Site directions sheet.

*Only select courses

​Statewide Popular Trainings and Courses include:

  • Mandatory Reporter: Child Abuse and Mandatory Reporter: Dependent Adult Abuse
  • Bloodborne Pathogen Training
  • Overview of State Requirements Regarding Seclusion and Restraint: Chapter 103
  • Right to Know Training
  • Google Apps 101
  • Exceptional Learner
  • Digital Citizenship
  • The Practicing Educator

Substitute Authorization




Substitute Authorization Requirements

The Iowa Board of Educational Examiners may issue a substitute authorization to an individual who:

Click here for the complete rules 282-22.2(272) Substitute Authorization

  • Has successfully completed all the requirements of the approved Substitute Authorization course.
  • Holds an associate’s degree from a regionally accredited institute or has completed an approved Paraeducator Certification program and holds a Paraeducator Certificate.
  • Is at least 21 years of age.
  • Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check
  • Has successfully completed a national criminal history background check

A background check and fingerprinting are required for all new applicants for Iowa licensure. This is performed by the Board of Educational Examiners when the application is submitted. ($75 Background check fee, $85 Application fee)

To find upcoming classes and to register, please visit our course catalog.

Substitute Authorization Renewal

The Substitute Authorization is good for five years and may be renewed by taking two semester hours of AEA relicensure or college credit. Click here to find the renewal form on the BOEE website.

Transcripts




Great Prairie AEA Official Transcript

Print an OFFICIAL Transcript from the AEA Professional Learning Registration System. Simply login and scroll down to View and Print Transcripts.

Drake University

For more information about requesting a transcript from Drake University, please click here.

Grand View University

For more information about requesting a transcript from Grand View University click here.

Morningside University

For more information about requesting a transcript from Morningside University, please click here.

Marycrest

Student grade transcript requests or degree verification requests will be available from the University of Iowa upon receipt of a written request from the student. To request a copy of your Marycrest transcript contact:
Office of the Registrar
1 Jessup Hall,
Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316
At www.registrar.uiowa.edu/ there is a request form that can be printed and mailed or faxed.

Julie Hannam
Professional Development Secretary
800-622-0027 or 641-682-8591 Ext. 5239 Ottumwa Office
julie.hannam@gpaea.org

Please contact Julie if you need assistance with:

  • Entering grades
  • Making a payment
  • Turning in Sign-In Sheets
  • Changing a credit type

Michelle Dickey
ELL & Professional Development Consultant
800-382-8970 or 319-753-6561 Ext. 1210 Burlington Office
michelle.dickey@gpaea.org

Please contact Michelle if you need assistance with:

  • Registering for a course
  • Entering a Course Proposal
  • Transcripts

Important contacts

Staff Directory

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Michelle Dickey

ELL & Professional Learning Consultant

319-753-6561 Email Michelle Dickey

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Julie Hannam

Professional Development Secretary

641-682-8591 Email Julie Hannam