Professional Growth Plans (PGPs) allow for continuity across the educator career continuum. Educators first create a PGP in their educator preparation program, then they continue to create PGPs for certificate renewal throughout their career. The PGP template for educator preparation program completion (document) and PGP template for certificate renewal (document) are quite similar, and the goals at each level are aligned to the same three standards, allowing for this career continuity.
PGPs focus on developing goals and creating an action plan. As pre-service educators may or may not be in a position to implement their action plans, the evidence of implementation portion of the PGP is not required. PGPs for program completion are aligned to the residency level benchmarks.
Programs may support their candidates in their PGPs for program completion by introducing the PGP process early in the pre-service educator’s internship, student teaching, or other field placement. The program may facilitate the collaboration of groups of pre-service educators on their PGPs, as long as each educator’s work is distinctly their own. The program should make sure candidates are aware that the PGP for program completion is quite similar to the process candidates will be completing for certificate renewal throughout their career. This might be an opportunity to provide candidates with information on certificate maintenance after they obtain their first educator certificate.
The residency level benchmarks are integrated deeply into the PGP process as well as into the rest of the program. A program may use this as one more opportunity to support candidates in engaging with these standards.