Competencies and Standards

Professional competencies and standards define the skills and knowledge required by those working in the early childhood and afterschool fields.  Professionals have a profound impact on the children and families they work: quality matters.

Experience, coursework, effective supervision,  mentoring, and reflective practice help develop competence over time.

Professional standards and competencies are used:

  • in an IPDP (Individual Professional Development Plan)
  • as the framework for early childhood career ladder, afterschool career pathways, teacher licensure, and credentials
  • to plan and assess professional development activities and curricula
  • to develop job descriptions and performance evaluations
  • to structure supervision, mentoring and job descriptions

Vermont’s professional development system is based on the following competencies and standards

CORE KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

RELATED KNOWLEDGE AND COMPETENCIES

In addition to professional competencies and standards, there are program standards and learning standards/guidelines for children   Together, like interdependent gears, these help us measure our quality and define our goals.