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Professional Learning Opportunities

PSEA offers a wide array of in person and online professional learning opportunities in both synchronous and a-synchronous formats. Members can earn Act 48 hours (PSEA is an approved Act 48 provider by PDE) and Chapter 14 verification to submit for district consideration toward the fulfillment of annual hours for HQT.

PEARL: PSEA’s hub for online learning programs.    

Webinars: Convenient, frequently offered webinars on a variety of topics.

Micro-credentials/College Credit: Competency based recognition for learning experiences through partnerships with the NEA and/or the PennWest Edinboro College Credit Program (members convert completed micro-credentials to college credits).

Book Discussions: Online conversations of titles for children and adolescents, as well as titles about teaching and learning and other professional issues.

Wellness: Programs to promote self-care to protect minds and bodies.

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Online Learning Options

PEARL Re-Launch @

PEARL is PSEA’s hub for online learning. With 24-hour access from anywhere in the world, PEARL provides PSEA members with exclusive access to dozens of  asynchronous online courses to meet their professional development needs.

Get ready for an upgraded PEARL experience!

We are excited to share that PEARL is undergoing updates that enhance features and optimize the user experience.

Featured updates to PEARL are described on our brand new PEARL Updates Page where you can learn about the latest improvements including:

  • Login using your credentials: PSEA members have instant access to PEARL with just their username and password.
  • Personalized Dashboard: Access all of your courses, certificates, badges and other information in a single space.
  • Updated, Mobile-Friendly Interface: This modernized look and feel enhances your experience on any device.
  • Simplified Navigation: The navigation bar is available from every page and connects you to all that you need.
  • Enhanced Support: Easily get help with an updated FAQ Pageand showcase of helpful videos and direct connection to tech support using the integrated form.

Dive into an improved learning experience today on PEARL!

NEA/PSEA Micro-credentials

Micro-credentials are a competency-based recognition issued for professional learning experiences. They provide a way for educators to develop skills and acquire knowledge to improve classroom practice and support student success.  

In partnership with the National Education Association (NEA), PSEA offers over 100 FREE micro-credentials to PSEA members for Act 48 hours. 

College Credit 

PSEA has also teamed up with PennWest Edinboro to offer you college credit for your hard work. Learn more on earning college credits with your Micro-credentials.


The Center for Professional Learning offers an annual webinar series on a variety of topics as requested by the membership and elicited by current hot topics. 

Book Discussions

Online conversations of titles for children and adolescents, as well as titles about teaching and learning and other professional issues.

To earn Act 48 hours, simply acquire and read the specified book, complete and submit the required accompanying reflection document to share with colleagues, and then discuss potential strategies for using the book in your craft and practice during the online discussion meeting with your PSEA colleagues.

Register today!

Publications Library

The PSEA Professional Learning Exchange publishes advisories and other publications on issues facing PSEA members, including evaluations, certification, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), and other topics.

Visit the Professional Publications Library to browse the publications or search by topic. 

Additional Resources

Special & Gifted Education

Find resources for educators, support professionals, and parents related to students with special needs, special education policy, and best practices for working with gifted students.