Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Professional Learning

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.  Click here for more information. 

Through Prairie Lakes AEA:

  • Paraeducator Generalists 1 Certification classes scheduled to begin on January 6.  Click here for more information and registration. Updated 10/26/2017
  • Blank Park Zoo Professional Development Opportunities.  Click here for more information.
  • STEM in Context: Agriculture, Conservation and Energy.  Click here for more information.
  • Human Relations course offered with Drake University.  Click here for more information.

BoEE Updates – Click here to view the November 2017 BoEE Newsletter

Did you know. . .? Helpful Hints from the BoEE

·You can apply to renew your license one year in advance of the expiration date without losing any time on your new license.

·You can use your completed Individualized Professional Development Plan for one renewal credit per renewal cycle.

.·You can obtain a certificate from an Iowa college showing renewal credits earned for serving as a cooperating teacher for practicum students and student teachers for up to two credits per renewal cycle.

·You can use our new online system to apply for a new license or to renew your license, and we even accept clear pictures of transcripts taken from a smartphone.

New Online Licensing System

All fees are non-refundable as per Iowa Administrative Code 282—12.7(272). Do not submit payment unless you are certain your application and fees are correct. Only select the license type you need (do not select additional licenses or you will be charged).

The last step of any application is to click the “submit application” button. This is typically the page after submitting payment. We will not receive your application unless you click “submit application”.

Transcripts must say “official transcript” or “issued to student”. When uploading documents, make sure they are clearly readable. We will not accept unofficial transcripts.

Background Check Fees

Pursuant to 282-20.3(3), the background check fee for the renewal of licenses will be $10 as of July 1, 2017

Through our Partners:

  • Drake University Spring 2018 Online classes.  Click here to view information.  Updated 11/1/2017
  • Morningside College.  Click here to view information.

Resources & Information

License Renewal
Mandatory Trainings
Paraeducator Information
Substitute Authorization
Evaluator Information Training Information
Online Courses and Information
Mentoring and Induction
Policies and Procedures

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 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.

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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