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I serve as the rep from the HS to our district's professional growth
committee, so am quite familiar with our policies. Our district has the
same policy as yours: any credits taken _before_ the degree was awarded
do not count towards professional growth. It follows that if you are a
student, you're not a "professional" yet, so you can't be earning
professional growth, can you?
I had 24 hours of graduate level reading courses--and a reading
endorsement--in addition to the MA in art ed. Though I was initially
hired here as a reading specialist, I was unable to get professional
growth credit for it after I'd been hired.