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Professional development opportunities are available to agriculture teachers at several conferences throughout the year. Through partnerships between FCAE-LPS, the Illinois Association of Vocational Agriculture Teachers (IAVAT), and agricultural businesses, experts from all aspects of the agriculture industry provide educational workshops for teachers. Agriculture teachers remain up-to-date on the latest agricultural industry techniques as well as new curriculum resources that are available for classroom use. In-service activities are selected by the IAVAT Professional Development Committee with input provided from a survey completed by Illinois agriculture teachers.

Recordings & Resources from Past Workshops      
Click on this link to find resources and recordings of past workshops. You can view by date or by topic! 

***Earning Continuing Education Units***      
If you have attended a professional learning event outside of IAVAT sponsored events and need documentation to claim the Continuing Professional Development Units, please provide the event name, date, certificate of completion and agenda to Casey Bolin at The IAVAT will then review the event to determine if credit can be issued. Per the IAVAT Board Meeting on November 17, 2020, all continuing education units for professional learning should be requested within four weeks of the original event. 

Have an Idea or Workshop You Would Like to Present?      
Throughout the year, great workshop topics are shared with our committee from teachers and industry professionals. We also know that we have many talented teachers out there who would make great presenters while sharing their skills and knowledge. Please complete the Google Form at this link to share your ideas!

ISBE CTE Summer PD Calendar      
Here is a Google Doc of ISBE CTE Summer Professional Development Calendar:

7/15-7/16: U of I Small Engines (Champaign)      

"Enhance Your Small Engine Teaching Skills" will be held from July 15-16 in the Agricultural Engineering & Sciences Building on the University of Illinois campus in Champaign. Register by July 1st for the graduate level course (3 hours). Limit of 16 participants.

7/29: ELS Conference (Bloomington)      
Do you hold an ELS License? Come join us for the day at the Illinois Farm Bureau Building from 8:30am-4:30pm. 

Get an Online Master's Degree in Veterinary Science      

The University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine offers a Master of Veterinary Science (MVS) degree for Illinois educators. The Master of Veterinary Science degree offers flexible coursework so learners can tailor the program to meet their career needs. Beyond the core curriculum in animal health, learners choose from a wide array of elective offerings. This program is available both online and in person. For more information or to register for an informational session, visit the MVS webpage.


The Leaders in Teaching Excellence Scholarship covers up to 50% of tuition costs for educators pursuing a Master of Veterinary Science degree. To be eligible for consideration, students must be fully admitted to the MVS degree program, have an active professional educator's license within the state of Illinois, and be a current employee of a K-12 school district. To learn more about the Leaders in Teaching Excellence Scholarship or start an application for the fall 2024 semester, please contact Jennifer Fugate at Scholarship applications are due July 15.

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On-Going: Self-Paced Courses from the College of Vet Med      

Illinois K-12 teachers can use the discount code “EDU24” to receive 50% off ($30 value) the cost of the online course “Understanding Infectious Disease in Herds”.

On-Going: LIncoln Electric LEEPStart Program      
Learn how to complete the Train the Trainer Course and start providing welding certification to your students.

Register for professional development on the AgEd website teacher dashboard in the Professional Development menu (look for the light bulb icon!).

If you missed a workshop or would like to go back to one you did attend, please visit the Recordings & Resources link. 

  Claiming Hours
Upon completion of the workshop, you should receive an evaluation from the Illinois Agricultural Education website. Once you complete the evaluation, an Evidence of Completion Form will be sent to your e-mail. 

  Entering Hours
Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should be entered on the Education Licensure Information System portion of the Illinois State Board of Education site. Please see the document for futher information. 
Entering Hours in ELIS
If you have completed coursework in place of attending workshops, one semester hour is equal to 15 hours of professional development (PD). One quarter hour is equal to 10 hours of PD.

If you have questions, or need additional assistance, please contact Casey Bolin at

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