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Professional Development

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. Simply login and complete the online form, Submit a Course for MLA CE Approval. If you are not an MLA member or registered guest, create a guest account on MEDLIB-ED. Make sure to select the MLA Annual Meeting Proposal Track. You will not be asked to submit a fee at this time. For information about obtaining MLA CE hours, see How to Get Your Course Approved for MLA CE.

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 hours. The advantage of having your course approved is that your course will be available to teach at the local and chapter levels. When your course is approved, we will list it in the MEDLIB-ED Unscheduled Courses catalog, 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 MLA's Professional Development Department.

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