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The Midwest Clinic is made up of a diverse attendee population, with individuals representing all 50 United States and over 30 countries. Because educational licensure and continuing education requirements differ in each state, Midwest does not have the capacity to be a nationwide professional development provider. However, Midwest does scan attendees at the beginning of each event so that they may have a record of their attendance throughout conference. 

Following the conclusion of the conference, an email will be sent with your Midwest session attendance record. Attendees can submit this document to their state board of education or school district for professional development credit (if applicable).  Please note, only Professional and College Student Registration types are eligible to receive the certificate listing sessions and hours completed.

Attendees will not be scanned at the exhibit hall. A ‘session’ is defined as a concert, clinic, chat room, reading session, or rehearsal lab. 

Remember: Make sure to be scanned at the beginning of each session you attend. 


As of January 1, 2015, the Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has redefined what entities can be considered an ‘approved provider’. To learn more about who qualifies as an approved provider please visit this page. Due to this change the procedures for crediting professional development hours towards your license (as it relates to The Midwest Clinic) has slightly changed. Individual session attendance at The Midwest Clinic CAN be counted as CPDUs, but you may only count one CPDU for each hour of participation, even if the provider is not approved (which in this case The Midwest Clinic is not). Keep a program or agenda marked with the sessions you attended as evidence of completion. You will also receive a formal session attendance record (if you had your badge scanned) following the conference.

The following steps must be adhered to in order to ensure that your time at Midwest correctly credits you CPDU hours:

1. Have you credential (badge) scanned PRIOR to entering any session you attend at The Midwest Clinic. This will create an attendance log, essentially tracking each event you attend during the conference. Without a conference credential there is no way for Midwest, and therefore ISBE, to credit you for session attendance.

2. In early January an email will be sent providing a detailed report of your session attendance. Add up the total number of session hours that you attended. Remember, a Midwest ‘session’ is defined as one of the following:  clinic, concert, reading session, or rehearsal lab. Keep this report as verification of your session attendance should ISBE ever audit your license.

3. Enter your hours into ELIS prior to the end of your current renewal cycle (as specified on ISBE 77-21B).