Professional Development Points (PDPs)

Want 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 examples our classes by PDP amounts for your ease:

15 PDPs

  • 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
  • Renaissance Ensemble

22.5 PDPs

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

30 PDPs

  • Music Theory & Literacy

45 PDPs

  • 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