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Professional Development

EducatorsHeartland AEA offers opportunities for professional learning for educators to enhance their skills and practices to improve student learning. These opportunities include a variety of courses for credit, workshops that offer the latest evidence-based professional learning for educators and paraeducator and substitute authorization training programs.

The Agency partners with Drake University to offer graduate credit for courses and as a link to their endorsement programs offered as collaborative partners with our AEA. Additionally, we serve as a point of contact for information regarding professional educators' license renewal and mandatory training.

Programming Change for Licensure Classes

All Drake University Continuing Education courses offered through Heartland AEA after July 1, 2015 must be offered for EDMA credit. Drake EDMA courses must have 30 hours of outside work for each credit offered in the course. For example, if you offer a one-credit course (15 contact hours), there must be an additional 30 hours of work the participants are required to do outside of class. There must also be a way to assess that work. 

Drake University EDMA Website 
Instructor FAQs         
Participant FAQs   

For more information or questions, contact:

Main Professional Development Phone: (800) 255-0405, ext. 14701 ‚óŹ Fax: (515) 270-5383

Office Hours: Monday-Friday - 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Professional Development Team

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Brandie Gean
Licensure & Conference Center Manager
License Renewal Coordinator
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14459
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Andrea Krier
Registrar/Licensure Assistant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14348
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Kathy Bringle
Registrar/Licensure Assistant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14354
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Carol Naylor
Registrar/Licensure Assistant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14443
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Shelley Christensen
Registrar/Licensure Assistant
AEA Learning Online Contact
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14668
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Dawn Peitzman
Registrar/Licensure Assistant
(800) 255-0405 ext. 14634
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