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What is LPDC?

The Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) is a committee that has the authority to approve or not approve your license for renewal. This includes the authority to approve or not approve any professional development, which could include continuing education units (CEUs) and or university credit.

IHow does the LPDC impact me?

  • To renew an educator license with the Ohio Department of Education, you must have the approval of the  LPDC.
  • Educators are responsible for working with their Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC) and for ensuring that their requirements for maintaining a certificate and/or license are met.
  • TCESC’s Human Resources Department will assist you; however, it is solely your responsibility to track your professional development activities and all your certificate/license expiration dates.  

What do I have to do to have the LPDC approve my license application?

  1. Write an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) and have a current IPDP on file. The LPDC cannot approve any professional development without an IPDP on file. 

  2. Submit copies of professional development workshop certificates and or official college transcripts with the cover sheet to the LPDC as the workshops are completed.   

  3. When all professional development is approved by the LPDC, complete the license renewal process using ODE's CORE system.


Step 1: Write an Individual Professional Development Plan (IPDP) 

Ohio law requires all educators to write an IPDP. Educators must submit a new  IPDP every five years when a new license is issued.

It’s simple to write an IPDP. The form is on the TCESC website, under the Employees, LPDC. You’ll only have to complete some basic information on the top of the form. Next, click on a two drop down menus and type in five to ten words. Then sign the form and you are done. Below are some step by step directions for writing an  IPDP for TCESC’s LPDC.

  1. Complete the top of the form, which requires some basic information such as name, licensure type, effective licensure dates, etc.

  2. Select one organizational goal from the drop down menu. Most people select the goal that states: To build school district capacity to improve learning by providing technical assistance, training, staff and resources as measured by customer feedback. 

  3. Write your own personal goals. The drop down menu on the IPDP form allows you to select the first half of the goal. The following options are available:

  • To continue to develop my knowledge of
  • To enhance my professional knowledge in
  • To improve my skills in
  • To learn and demonstrate understanding in
  • To learn more about
  • To learn how to apply
  • To maintain current knowledge of
  • To seek additional knowledge and skills via
All you have to do is complete the sentence for one of the items above. IPDP goals should be very broad so that every professional development activity that you participate in throughout a 5-yer licensure period can be covered by the goal.

Below are some examples of approvable IPDP goals:
  • To continue to develop my knowledge of special education.
  • To enhance my professional knowledge in using technology in the classroom.
  • To learn more about working with special education students.
  • To maintain my current knowledge of school law.
   1. Select the drop down menu that that states you will do a combination of University credit and workshops.

   2. Print the document, sign it and submit it to the TCESC human resources office.

   3. LPDC will review the IPDP and either approve it or send it back to you for revisions. If it is sent back to you for revisions, this usually means that the goals you wrote are too specific. The LPDC strives to approve IPDPs with goals that are broad enough to encompass any professional development activity that an individual engages in throughout a 5-year licensure period.


Step 2: Approving Continuing Education Units 

After an educator has completed the IPDP, the educator can begin accumulating contact hours, which will be converted to continuing education units that are used to renew licenses.

Each time an educator receives a certificate of professional development, the certificate should be submitted to the LPDC using the Workshop Continuing Education Units: Educator Request for Approval form as a cover sheet. 

Each submission should include:

  • The completed Workshop Continuing Educational Units: Educator Request for Approval form.
  • A copy of the certificate from the professional development session.
  • A copy of the agenda from the professional development session. This is not required if the session is conducted by TCESC.
The LPDC will review the professional development to ensure that it meets the goals of the approved IPDP.

Step 3: Applying for a License Renewal 

When it becomes time to renew a license, the educator must submit the application to the LPDC for approval. The LPDC chairperson must ensure that the educator has an approved IPDP on file and that all the professional development being used to renew the license has been approved by the LPDC. 

To renew a standard teaching or administrative license, an individual must:

  • Have an IPDP approved by the LPDC before beginning any professional development activities.
  • Achieve the necessary number of CEUs or semester hours.
  • To renew using semester hours, you must submit transcripts from an accredited college or university showing 6 semester hours.
  • To renew using CEUs, you must submit verification of completion of 18 CEUs or 180 clock hours. These CEUs must be approved by the LPDC before the license can be renewed.
  • To renew using both semester hours and CEUs, you must have a combination of semester hours and CEUs that equal 6 semester hours or 18 CEUs. A conversion chart is available under the LPDC Resources section of this webpage to assist you with doing the conversion of CEUs to semester hours.

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LPDC Forms
A new IPDP must be completed upon receipt of a new license from ODE. The LDPC cannot approve any CEUS if the individual does not have a current IPDP on file.
This form should be used when individuals are submitting certificates of participation in a workshop.
This form should be used when an educator is using transcripts to renew a license.
This checklist helps licensed individuals ensure that they are on track with requirements.
Individuals may request the LPDC to approve professional development hours for activities other than workshops and university credit. This is a list of activities that may be considered for contact hours.
This form is to be used if an individual is requesting contact hours for an activity that appears on the preapproved activity list.
This form is to be used to record the hours involved when requesting contact hours for a preapproved activity.
This form is used for educators to transfer approved PD hours from one school district to another.
LPDC Resources
Meeting Dates
May 3, 2019 
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