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Teach a Course at MLA's Annual Meeting

The Approval Process

Course ideas must be submitted to the Continuing Education Committee (CEC) for review at its midwinter meeting each January. The committee solicits course ideas and proposals in the MLA News, on MLA-FOCUS, and on MLANET. Please watch for these announcements.

If your course idea is selected, a CEC member will contact you and ask you to submit a proposal using the online application form so that the committee may determine the course's educational content and quality. The application forms should be completed before the annual CEC meeting, which is held during the MLA Annual Meeting in May. The application is a simple form and you must submit a curriculum vitae and detailed course agenda with it. You do not need to submit an original syllabus or course handouts.

If the CEC selects your course proposal, it is given to the continuing education department for approval of MLA CE contact hours. After this final approval, staff will contact you about teaching at the next annual meeting.

Alternatives to Teaching at the Annual Meeting

If your course proposal is not approved for the annual meeting, your course can still receive MLA CE contact hours. The advantage of having contact hours is that your course will be available at the local and chapter levels. It will be in MLA's record of approved courses and on the MLA Educational Clearinghouse, from which course titles are taken for local sponsors of continuing education programs. For information about obtaining MLA contact hours, see How to Get Your Course Approved for MLA CE.

Each year, MLA works with more than 100 organizations to host continuing education courses, to approve courses, and to award MLA CE contact hours. A wide variety of educational opportunities are considered—from MLA annual meeting courses to webcasts and webinars.

For information contact Debra Cavanaugh Coordinator, Continuing Education.

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