Explore Ways to Earn Credit and Contact Hours Using OLAC Resources


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This blog is written by members of the Ohio Leadership Advisory Council (OLAC), a partnership between the Buckeye Association of School Administrators (BASA) and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE). Please note that the information provided in each blog post represents the individual author's point of view and does not necessarily reflect the position of the OLAC, BASA or ODE.




“The nice thing about OLAC, it's all right there for you. You can access it. You have videos to watch, testimonies to read, and examples. You have people you can contact. And you can also earn credit while you do it, which is very important. Using OLAC resources has become part of the fabric of how we renew our license.”

John Maynard, Principal, Ironton Elementary

Are you an Ohio teacher, principal, or superintendent working toward license renewal? Or do you have staff members interested in earning credit? If so, did you know that you can earn university credit from Ashland University and Bowling Green State University by completing OLAC modules?

OLAC has partnered with the Ohio Department of Education to create a template that can help participants integrate the OLAC modules into their individual professional development plan (IPDP) to be approved by the Regional Local Professional Development Committee (LPDC). Educators can use this template to indicate how they will use the OLAC online learning modules and tools to participate in high-quality professional development and meet professional development goals.

What’s it Worth?

OLAC provides LPDCs with the following rubric for awarding contact hours:

For additional contact hours:

  • One contact hour for completing and submitting evidence of completion for each discussion question
  • One contact hour for completing and submitting evidence of completion for each activity

What About Webinars?

Credit may also be granted by completing OLAC webinars. Participants may receive one hour of credit through their LPDC by viewing a webinar and downloading a certificate of completion. The certificate of completion requires that the user complete a discussion question, which becomes a part of the certificate of completion. Use the IPDP Approval Form listed below to request credit approval.

The Newest Way to Earn Credit—Lead the Way Podcast

Podcasts may also be used for credit if your LPDC approves the work ahead of time. Participants may receive one hour of credit through their LPDC by listening to three podcasts and downloading a certificate of completion for each podcast. Each certificate of completion requires the user to complete a discussion question, which becomes a part of the certificate of completion.

Learn more about earning credit and contact hours.

Don’t forget to check out some our newest resources that can be used to earn credit:

Please Note: The LPDC must approve the work before the work is completed. To get approval, participants should Download the IPDP Approval Form (DOCX) and send the completed form to their LPDC for approval.