We are happy to offer Professional Development Units (PDUs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs), substitute reimbursements, and stipends for outdoor school professional development events. On this page, educators can find information about eligibility requirements and the process for requesting PDUs/CEUs, substitute reimbursements, and stipends. Note that you are not required to request PDUs/CEUs, substitute reimbursements, and/or stipends in advance of a professional development event unless noted in the event description. If you have questions about the contents of this page or about your eligibility, please contact Kristi Backe.
For most workshops, we have condensed requests for PDUs/CEUs, substitute reimbursements, and stipends into a single online form, the Stipend, Substitute Reimbursement, and PDU/CEU Request Survey. Please see the section below marked “ONREP Workshops” for information about requesting stipends, substitute reimbursements, and PDUs/CEUs for workshops that are done in collaboration with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP).
We offer certificates of professional development to educators who attend outdoor school professional development workshops. Below, we detail the eligibility requirements and process for requesting a certificate:
Any educator who attends a professional development event is welcome to request Professional Development Units (PDUs)/Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the time they attended the event.
The PDU/CDU certificate will include the number of direct engagement hours to the nearest 30 minutes. Breaks, mealtimes, and any other activities that are not “intended to increase your effectiveness as an educator” are not included in engagement hours.
PDU/CEU certificates can be requested through the Stipend, Substitute Reimbursement, and PDU/CEU Request Survey.
Our certificate includes:
The Stipend, Substitute Reimbursement, and PDU/CEU Request Survey includes space to indicate whether your district/governing organization requires additional information on the certificate.
If you are required to use a specific form for PDUs/CEUs and need a signature, please contact Kristi Backe for assistance.
Our professional development stipends are available to Oregon educators who support students attending Measure 99-funded outdoor school. You can read the full eligibility criteria, as well as information about how you request a stipend, in the drop-down tabs below:
Nonformal outdoor school educators are eligible for a stipend if they meet all of the following criteria:
Formal educators are eligible for a stipend if they meet all of the following criteria:
If there are additional eligibility requirements for a specific workshop or workshop series, those requirements will be listed in the workshop description on our Events and Workshops page.
An individual educator is eligible for a maximum of $200 per year in outdoor school professional development stipends.
Here is how the stipend process will work for most standalone workshops:
For workshop series, it is our policy to pay stipends as a single payment at the end of the series rather than as individual payments after each session. If you would like to request an exception to this policy, please contact Kristi Backe.
Here is how the stipend process will work for most professional development series:
We also offer substitute reimbursements for formal educators who attend outdoor school professional development events. Below, we detail the eligibility requirements and process for requesting a substitute reimbursement:
The OSU Extension Service Outdoor School program will reimburse schools/districts for substitute costs based on the following conditions:
Here is how the substitute reimbursement process will work:
For outdoor school workshops hosted in collaboration with the Oregon Natural Resources Education Program (ONREP), PDUs/CEUs, stipends, and substitute reimbursements can be requested in the post-workshop survey. You will receive a link to this survey at the end of the workshop or at the end of the series, if the workshop is part of a series. If you request a stipend in the post-workshop survey, a member of the OSU Extension Service Outdoor School team will contact you to process and pay your stipend. The stipend eligibility criteria for ONREP workshops are the same as for other outdoor school workshops (criteria listed above on this page).