Presentation on theme: "Competency Based Training Through Online Courses"— Presentation transcript:
1 Competency Based Training Through Online Courses
2 A Professional Development System Must Be Flexible: A competency-based professional development system:is flexible with multiple pathways for educators to achieve needed knowledge and skills;provides a road map to degrees and new credentials;helps educators self-assess their professional development needs;guides professional growth at various career stages.
3 Connecting EPS and QRIS EEC funded 4 online college-level courses to be developed with Higher Education:Survey of EEC’s Core CompetenciesGuidelines for Preschool Learning ExperiencesEarly Learning Guidelines for Infants and ToddlersLiteracy and Language Development Birth to 8To provide educators and providers with:An understanding of core knowledge and skills and a way to assess their own professional development needsResources for age-appropriate curriculum and intentional learningSupports needed to meet standards for QRIS Levels 2, 3, and 4Delivered through the EPS system:Partnerships will be offered training in facilitating the coursesEducators and providers will access these courses through their EPS Partnership“Online” makes them available statewideDevelop educator competencyIncreased program qualityBetter outcomes for childrenQuality assessments required by participation in QRIS will identify what improvements program improvements as well as inform educators about what areas of professional development are needed to improve program quality33
4 EEC and Higher Education Collaboration Requiring that courses be built for college credit assures quality whileproviding flexibility to meet diverse needs of workforceModules can be used individually or combined into a courseCredit Worthy CoursesCourses can be taken for:College CreditSelf Study(non-credit)Guided Study for CEUsOngoingProfessional DevelopmentCore Competencies1 creditYesPreschool GuidelinesInfant Toddler Guidelines*0-8 Literacy & Language*3 credits* Currently in development
5 EEC’s Partnership with UMass Boston: UMass Boston developed two online courses:Guidelines for Early Learning Experiences linked to Mass Frameworks for Pre-K ELA and MathSurvey course on EEC’s 8 Core Competency AreasDesigned for educators across mixed delivery system.A research component will study how well this model works for our field.It’s a sustainable use of ARRA funding.