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Professional Development

Individual Activities

Submit the Completed Individual Activity Form after you have finished your activity.

Faculty may seek pre-approval for any individual activity by submitting the Individual Activity Proposal.  Once the activity is approved, then the Completed Individual Activity form must be submitted to receive professional development credit.

Process and Criteria

  • The activity must meet the state guidelines (improves teaching, maintains current academic and technical knowledge and skills, etc.).
  • The hours requested are reasonable.
  • Completion of the activity can be documented (e.g. receipt, program, agenda) and/or the teacher can clearly explain how the activity is relevant to his or her professional development in a brief summary submitted with the completed activity form.
  • Activities like museum visits, site visits, cultural arts activities, and Exercise Science classes are limited to 5 flex hours per semester. More hours may be approved by the committee when the activity is particularly relevant to the discipline (pre-approval strongly recommended).
  • The activity is not part of normal job responsibilities and is not already compensated, including regular instructional and office hours, regular department meetings held at any time during the semester other than Professional Development Week, standing committee meetings (including screening committee meetings), classroom preparation time (syllabus preparation, ongoing web page development, preparation of instructional materials, gathering resources, etc.), Chair/Coordinator responsibilities, including those that occur during Professional Development Week (reassignment as a Chair/Coordinator is part of a full-time faculty load), activities occurring during paid work hours, and activities used for salary advancement.

This Process and Criteria statement was approved by the Academic Senate February 2011.


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Shared governance (committees)
  • Part-time faculty can get up to 5 hours per semester for serving on a Cuyamaca committee or attending a department meeting.
  • Chair a campus committee for up to 5 hours of flex credit per semester (unless you are getting release time).
Equity and Diversity

The college has funding for equity-related professional development.  Please check the Funds page for details and proposal form.

  • We have partnered with the California Community College Student Mental Health Program and Kognito Interactive to offer online training on working with Veterans, at-risk students, and LGBT students (1 hour each). After completing a workshop, turn in your certificate to the Professional Development office.
  • Diversity Dialogue workshops are offered on campus throughout the semester.
  • Refugee 101: Responding to the Issues provides a brief history of events leading to the influx of Chaldean refugees to the East County and Cuyamaca College. A panel of Chaldean students share their past struggles and current experiences. You may also check out a DVD from the library reserve desk. (1.5 hours)
  • CTE faculty and staff can view e-seminars  on Special Populations and more from Perkins Joint Special Populations Advisory Committee.
  • Part-time faculty can get hours for working on SLOs or SLO assessment - just submit a completed activity form. Document your work with a TracDat report or email from your department chair.
  • Department SLO training can be used for Professional Development.
Instructional Technology
  • Meet with Rhonda Bauerlein to work on instructional design and technology issues for up to 5 hours per semester.
  • Completion of Rhonda Bauerlein's Introduction to Canvas course is 20 hours of Professional Development credit. 
  • offers thousands of high quality online videos in education, design, web development, CAD, photography, audio, video, and business (including MS Office, Windows, iPad/iPhone, and more). The Professional Learning Network, supported by the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI), is now providing unlimited access to for all California Community College employees at no cost. To create a profile, navigate to the Learn Academy of the Professional Learning Network.  Next, login or register (if you are a first-time user), then click on the link for  Please note that if you have been a previous user of and would like to transfer your previous training history, playlists, and bookmarks, you must select "yes" when asked, "Are you a current or former member of In selecting yes, it will prompt you to type in your old username and password. Once you have completed a module, email the certificate Donna Hajj. For your convenience, see Cuyamaca's Professional Development Playlist or's Professional Development Playlist for teacher-oriented topics.
  • @ONE online training helps California Community College faculty and staff use technology to enhance student learning and success. Programs include Desktop Seminars, Online Courses and more. For all four-week courses, faculty will receive 20 hours of professional development credit.  Completion of the 12-week OTCP will receive 40 hours of PD credit.  Please email the certificate of Donna Hajj.
  • 3Cmediatraining - Faculty can place their online videos and other material in a free 3C Media Solutions account.  This recorded webinar, "Easily Store Share your Media (and other) Files with 3C Media Solutions," shows faculty on how to do this. Also includes information about easy and free captioning services available through 3C Media. Earn 1 hour of flex credit for viewing this recorded webinar.
  • Professional Learning Network - the California Community College Chancellor's office created this virtual professional development resource center. All California community college employees are able to create an account using their campus email address. This site has resources for effective practices, and thousands of short videos on subjects such as MS Office, Email Efficiency at Work, Productivity, and Stress Management.  It is also where you go to set up your account. 
  • Build a Library Research Web Site or consult with a librarian for collection development or research related to your course. To set up an appointment, email
  • The Copyright Case We've Been Waiting For: Key Lessons & Policy. This Magna Seminar on Copyright provides key lessons and information on fair use. This seminar, with accompanying PowerPoint Slides, can be viewed from a computer disk available for check-out from the Cuyamaca College Library for faculty. (1 hour)
Teaching and learning & subject area expertise
  • If you have taught at Cuyamaca for at least 4 years, you can get up to 5 hours per semester for mentoring another teacher. If it is your first semester at Cuyamaca or your first semester teaching online, you can also get up to 5 hours for working with a mentor.
  • Observe a fellow Cuyamaca College teacher (arrange dates in advance). Submit your Completed Activity form with a brief summary of what you learned.
  • Take a class related to your teaching area for up to 20 hours of flex credit per coruse. Note that you may not get flex credit and salary advancement for the same class.
  • Attend a conference about education or related to your teaching area for up to 8 hours per day of credit. Note that you may not get flex credit during a regular teaching day if you are missing class to attend.
  • Attend a Diversity Dialogue Each semester, the Office of Student Affairs hosts a Diversity Dialogue Program.  Attend any Diversity Dialog and receive 1 hour of flex credit per workshop.
  • Watch online video related to teaching or your subject area. For credit, submit a Completed Activity form with the URLs (web addresses) and a few sentences describing what you learned. Here are a few sources:
Last Updated: 08/31/2018
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