Learning is a life-long endeavor. To that end, NEC's School of Continuing Education is dedicated to providing a range of diverse options for those seeking to further their professional skills. SCE is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education to award professional development points (PDPs) for teachers in the state of Massachusettes.

Professional Development Points

Need PDPs?

You can earn them at NEC. Our program is approved by the Massachusetts Department of Education to award professional development points (PDPs) for teachers. By earning your PDPs through SCE, you’ll truly deepen your relationship with your field. We offer superb faculty and a broad range of study at a world-renowned conservatory. Why not make the most of your professional development?

Music teachers in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Public Education System are required to earn 150 PDPs every 5 years in order to renew their music teacher's license. Eighty percent of the 150 PDPs toward re-certification need to be in the field of music. See the Re-certification Guidelines for Massachusetts Educators for details.

Any class that meets for a minimum of 10 contact hours is eligible for PDPs, which includes Private Studio Instruction. Different amounts of PDPs can be awarded for different classes. We have compiled our classes by PDP amounts for your ease:

15 PDPs: Classes and Ensembles

Chamber Music Ensembles and Duos
Developing Perfect Pitch
Finale Notation Software and Chart Writing
Friday Baroque Ensemble
Group Piano Class 
Introduction to Composition
Jazz Ear Training I
Jazz Ear Training II
Jazz Ear Training III
Jazz Ear Training IV
Jazz History I
Jazz History II
Music Production and Technology I
Piano Interpretation & Performance Seminar
Recorder for Public School Music Teachers
Renaissance Ensemble

22.5 PDPs: Classes and Ensembles

Jazz Arranging
Build Your Voice: Artful and Skillful Singing
CI Ensemble
Jazz Composition and Analysis
Jazz Ensembles
Jazz Theory 
Music Production and Technology II
NEC Voices: A New Choral Experience
The Art and Soul of Cinema: An Appreciation of Film Music

30 PDPs: Classes

Advanced Music Theory 

45 PDPs: Classes

Art and Science of Assessing Music Learning
Cross-Cultural Alternatives for MIE
Improvisation in Music Education
Introduction to Music-in-Education
Models for Teaching and Learning for MIE
Music, Brain Development & Learning
Music-in-Education Seminar
Performing Artists in Community Outreach
Piano Pedagogy
String Pedagogy
Teaching and Learning with Music Technology

Questions? Get in touch at continuingeducation@necmusic.edu or call 617-585-1701.

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