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Tammy Carolan



Lisa Hastings-Wells




Sherry Sines

PD Coordinator


Additional Resources

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Statewide AEA PD Offerings
BOEE Licensing Information
Drake University

Evaluator Approval Information

Morningside College

Credit Policies

Credit Types

R = Renewal credit is credit offered through the Board of Educational Examiners approved licensure renewal programs for the purpose of renewing an educational license, certificate or authorization. Satisfactory completion of the course requirements and full attendance in the course is required.


SA = Grant Wood AEA is approved to provide coursework leading to a Substitute Authorization.


P = Grant Wood AEA is an approved provider for Paraeducator Generalist (Level I) certification.


PR = Courses available for paraeducator certificate renewal through the Grant Wood AEA license renewal program.


D, M = Graduate credit is college credit offered through Grant Wood AEA and their collaborative relationship with Drake University (D) or Morningside College (M). Generally this type of graduate credit is accepted for district salary schedule advancement. It is advisable to check with your district and higher education institution to determine if the type of credit you have requested meets your specific needs.

Special Message Regarding Graduate Credit:
Effective July 1, 2015
Courses completed for graduate credit through Grant Wood AEA may be used in the following ways:
  • Renewal of BOEE licenses per BOEE licensure requirements
  • Advancement on local salary schedules per your employment contract
  • Elective credits toward graduate degree programs with graduate program approval
Graduate credit rules are as follows:
  • In additional to license renewal, and/or salary advancement, courses designated Drake EDMA (Educational Masters) may be transferred into one or more Drake University School of Education graduate programs (with advisor approval).
  • Courses designated Drake EDEX (Educational Extension) may be applicable towards recertification or salary advancement. Refer to your state or local guidelines. These courses are not transferable into degree programs. This credit type will not be offered after July 1, 2015.
  • Courses offered for Drake graduate credit after July 1, 2015, will only be available as Drake EDMA credit.
  • Drake EDMA and Morningside courses will include a minimum of 15 instructor-led hours per credit plus designated course related activities to equal a total of 45 hours per credit. These requirements meet the Higher learning Commission and Federal Government requirements for degree level courses.

For additional information:

Sherry Sines, professional Development Coordinator 319-399-6517,

Terry Thorpe, Agency Curriculum Director, Drake Extension Education 515-271-3976,

Morningside College 712-274-5375

CDA= Grant Wood AEA is approved to provide coursework leading to a Child Development Associate.

Credit type can be changed for a $10 fee prior to the last class meeting date. Credit changes to graduate credit must be requested on the next business day after the first day of class. Once a class is completed and grades are submitted to the Professional Development office, credit options and grades can not be changed! Drake and Morningside policies do not allow for change of credit type. Therefore, make sure you have registered for the appropriate credit to meet your intended purpose. Credit changes must be made directly with the Professional Development Office.

If you have questions, please contact Sherry Sines at GWAEA, Professional Development Office.



Instructors have two weeks to submit grades after the final class date or assignment due date, whichever is later. Grades will be posted within five business days after they are received. Transcripts may be requested after grades are recorded. Please consider these timelines as you plan for license renewal.


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Grant Wood Area Education Agency extends equal opportunities in its employment practices, educational programs and services, and does not discriminate on the basis of color, gender, race, national origin, religion, creed, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, disability, veteran status or as otherwise prohibited by law. If you believe you or your child has been discriminated against or treated unjustly, please contact the Agency’s Equity Coordinator, Maria Cashman, at 319-399-6847 or 800-332-8488 or TDD 319-399-6766, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404.

ADDRESS: 4401 Sixth Street SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
TELEPHONE: 319-399-6700 | 800-332-8488
Fax: 319-399-6457 | TDD: 319-399-6766
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