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    In-service Division
    Washoe County School District
    Human Resources
    425 East 9th Street, Bldg B-105
    Reno, NV 89512
    (775) 325-2075


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    Important Message Regarding In-Service Credits

    The purpose of professional learning is to give professionals the opportunity to learn and apply new knowledge and skills that can help them in their job and further their career (Upskillist, n.d.).  For teachers and district leaders to be as effective as possible, they need to continually expand their knowledge and skills to implement the best educational practices.  Professional learning is the only way educators can learn to build their performance and raise student achievement (Mizell, H., 2010). With that purpose in mind, WCSD strives to offer professional development that aligns with our standards for professional learning.  

    The WEA Negotiated Agreement states that in-service credits, approved by WCSD, can be used for movement on the pay scale with 15 hours of professional learning outside of contract time required for 1.0 credit toward salary advancement (24.2.10).  The typical amount someone can complete is six graduate credits in a semester and three over two-week breaks.  This would be 6 credits during the fall semester plus 3 over Winter Break and 6 credits during the spring semester plus 3 over Spring Break for a total of 18 credits in the school year.  There are no restrictions on credits accrued in the summer. To request to take additional graduate credits during the school year, please send an email to professionallearningsupport@washoeschools.net.

    The professional learning programs from the universities/programs listed below do not meet the criteria WCSD has set for in-service credit:

    Please note that courses from these organizations will not be accepted for salary advancement because they do not meet one or more criteria listed below:

    • The course is related to your present or future content area, classroom pedagogy, and and/or relevant topics related to the growth and development of children/adolescents.
    • The course requires a requisite task or project to demonstrate transfer of learning into practice.
    • The course is led by an instructor.  The instructor interacts with the professional learning participants either face-to-face or virtually.
    • For online courses, the organization verifies that the course was completed outside of contract time through a time tracking mechanism.

    The following programs below are approved.  As WCSD identifies additional programs, we will post them here:

    Before signing up for a course outside MyPGS that is not listed as approved, please check the course for the criteria listed above and email course information to professionallearningsupport@washoeschools.net for approval. After a review, the course will be approved or disapproved, and you will receive an email.  Please note that our response time has been delayed due to the number of emails we are currently receiving.  Thank you for your patience. 

    We will continue to update this website with approved and non-approved colleges, universities, and/or programs.  We encourage all WCSD employees to continue professional learning in ways that interest them and benefit their students.  We are grateful for your continued support and cooperation.  


    Hayes, M. (2010) Why professional development matters. Learning Forward. Retrieved from chrome-extension://efaidnbmnnnibpcajpcglclefindmkaj/https://learningforward.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/professional-development-matters.pdf

    Upskillist. (n.d.) The importance and benefits of professional development. Retrieved from https://www.upskillist.pro/blog/the-importance-and-benefits-of-professional-development/#:~:text=The%20purpose%20of%20professional%20development%20is%20to%20give%20professionals%20the,knowledge%20base%20for%20your%20field.

    General Information about In-Service Credit

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    Who Can Receive Credit?

    • WCSD individuals certified by the State of Nevada who are currently under contract and actively teaching in the Washoe County School District
    • Certified employees from neighboring school districts
    • Current WCSD substitutes

    How is In-Service Credit Used? 

    • For WCSD employees, in-service credit may be applied toward advancement on the salary schedule as specified in the Negotiated Agreement with the Washoe County Teachers Association. For salary purposes, in-service credit shall apply as either undergraduate credit or graduate credit. It is the participant's responsibility to ensure that all in-service credits have been properly applied to their pay card.  
    • In-service credits taken through the Washoe County School District, where registration occurs in MyPGS and are electronically downloaded to BusinessPlus to be applied to the pay card upon completion of the course.
    • Additionally, professional learning hours associated with in-service credit may be used to renew Nevada teacher/administrator licenses when specific graduate course work is not required. In-service classes with a W, WA, WCSD, or SDE- in the numbers have been approved by the State Department of Education and are acceptable for recertification.

    How Is the Amount of In-Service Credit Determined for Each Course?

    • Only non-contract time spent in professional learning may count for in-service credit.  Contract time includes lunch and prep periods, and any paid leave time, including personal and sick days.
    • Each half credit represents 7.5 hours.  (15 hours = 1.0 credit; 30 hours = 2 credits; etc.)
    • Lunches and breaks do not count as qualifying time for in-service credit.
    • In-service credit cannot be earned if a stipend is paid. 

    How do the New DOE Guidelines affect In-Service Credit and Recertification Hours?

    • With the new Nevada Department of Education changes for recertification (effective July 1, 2019), some in-service courses can now offer partial in-service credit/hours when a participant misses a portion of the course, instead of listing a participant as “Incomplete” in MyPGS with no compensation at all. Courses held outside of contract time that fall into this category include:
      • Site-Based Group Meetings (i.e. MTSS, IAT, Leadership Team, Book Study)
      • District Meetings (i.e. Department Leader, Instructional Leader, Music)
    • These courses will offer variable credit based on hours of attendance. In the case where a participant attends less than 7.5 hours of the course, the participant will still receive professional learning hours for recertification.
    • Courses containing a set curriculum, scope and sequence that is identical for each section held, will not be allowed for partial in-service credit. Participants will still be required to make up the missing content before in-service credit is awarded.


    • Registrants are required to enroll in the in-service classes online. To enroll in an in-service class, go to https://washoe.truenorthlogic.com. For assistance with web registration, contact Professional Learning Support or call Dr. Janet Pulleyn at (775) 325-2075.
    • In-service credit will only be issued upon completion of the in-service class. Credits will be issued as soon as possible; however, allow one to three months for processing.
    • Participants may receive credit only once for a course, unless the course has a different number.

    Nevada Department of Education

    All inquiries concerning individual licensing should be directed to the Nevada Department of Education. The In-service Division does not assist personnel with extension applications. It is the participant's responsibility to upload the in-service certificate of credit or MyPGS Transcript into OPAL when renewing a license.

    To enroll in an in-service class, go to https://washoe.truenorthlogic.com. For assistance with web registration, email Professional Learning Support or call Dr. Janet Pulleyn at (775) 325-2075.


  • MyPGS Transcripts

    The In-service Division no longer issues physical certificates of credit.  All in-service credits taken through the Washoe County School District, where registration occurs in MyPGS, will appear on the MyPGS transcript once the course is complete, and all course requirements have been met.  The MyPGS Transcript can be uploaded into OPAL as documentation of professional learning for recertification purposes with the Nevada Department of Education. The transcript must be uploaded in PDF form. Click the Print button on the transcript and then save it as a PDF. 

    One Year Limit to Review Web Transcript

    In order to maintain accurate and up-to-date records, participants have ONE YEAR from the completion date of each class to review web transcripts for accuracy.  If the web transcript appears to have a discrepancy, please email Professional Learning Support.  


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    For more information, visit the Civil Rights Compliance Department page.

    El Distrito prohíbe la intimidación, la intimidación cibernética, el acoso, el acoso sexual, la discriminación y / o las represalias en cualquiera de sus programas / actividades educativas, empleo y oportunidades de empleo. Para obtener la declaración completa del Aviso de No Discriminación del Distrito, así como los métodos para abordar preguntas e inquietudes, visite nuestra página de Notice of Non-Discrimination and Web Accessibility

    Para más información visite   Civil Rights Compliance Department page.