Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Professional Development

Statewide Registration System Update

Iowa’s nine AEAs and AEA PD Online are collaborating to move our individual professional development/licensure programs to a statewide PD system.  The AEA System plans to partner with Performance Matters (TrueNorthLogic) for its registration system. The AEAs will begin this work this spring, and the anticipated “go-live” timeline for district users will be around Jan. 1, 2017.  Click here for more information. 

Through Prairie Lakes AEA:

  • Paraeducator Generalist 1 Certification.  Click here for more informationTo download registration form click here.  Updated 12/20/2016
  • Human Relations course offered with Drake University.  Click here for more information.
  • Substitute Authorization - Click here for more information. 

BoEE Update

The Substitute Authorization and Paraeducator Generalist 1 Certification are active, meaning from this point on, all applications for these licenses will need to be made on-line. Updated 1/30/2017.

Click here to view information regarding the online process for applying.  Updated 3/9/2016

Programming Change for Licensure Classes

All Drake University Extension Education courses offered after July 1, 2015, must be offered for EDMA credit.  If you offer a one-credit course (15 contact/instructor led hours), out of class work should add up to 30 hours for a total of 45 hours (15+30).  These 30 additional hours can be derived from assignments that incorporate group work, implementation, multimedia. project-based assignments, outside presentations, reading (hardcopy or online),  and writing. Out of class work does not need to be logged by the participant but is assessed per the requirements found in the course syllabus. Please note:  Hours spent in class above the required 15 per credit hour can be counted towards the additional 30 hours of outside work.
Courses that start before July 1, 2015, can be offered for EDEX credit even if the course ends after July 1

The direct link to the EDMA Credit Information for Instructors page is:

Through our Partners:

  • Drake University Online classes.  Click here to view information.
  • Morningside College.  Click here to view information.
License Renewal Mandatory Trainings Paraeducator Information Substitute Authorization

Evaluator Information Training Information

Online Courses and Information Mentoring and Induction Policies and Procedures


Resources & Information

PD 360 or PD In Focus - Contact us to request access to video streaming content for professional development.

PLAEA Professional Development Registration form for courses- Click here to download a copy.

How to register online- Click here for information.

Searching for PLAEA classes - Click here to view instructions.

Prairie Lakes AEA 8 Professional Development Cancellation Policy

Paraeducators as Substitutes: Paraeducators that hold a Generalist I Certification AND hold a Substitute Authorization License can substitute teach in the special education classroom to which they are assigned. The special education classroom may be in the elementary, middle, junior high or high school level.

Our mission is to ensure success for all learners through collaborative partnerships.

Professional Development Vision - Quality Professional Development at Prairie Lakes AEA is based on collaborative partnerships that focus on improved learning and achievement for all. By operating as a high-performing learning community, everyone is empowered to solve problems through supportive relationships that challenge thinking in creative ways. We are committed to efficient processes which effectively meet on-going, evolving needs.


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