Alabama Pathways

Personal and Professional Development

What do high quality caregivers, teachers and administrators need to know?

Pathways Core Knowledge Areas are distinct categories of study that prepare early childhood professionals to facilitate children’s learning and development.  For each Core Knowledge Area, there are competencies defining a progressive attainment of understanding, knowledge and skills  As early childhood professionals advance in their careers, the content (competency objective) of the training will become more advanced based on what the professional needs to know at his/her level of experience.Alabama Pathway has adopted eight (8) Core Knowledge Areas with related basic, intermediate and advanced competencies.

Core Knowledge Area:

Personal and Professional Leadership Development: Understand the importance of serving children and families in a professional manner; understand the importance of seeking opportunities for professional growth, including topics such as advocacy, ethics and leadership; know how to use ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice; know how to be a continuous, collaborative learner who demonstrates knowledgeable, reflective, and critical examination of her/his work; know how to make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources; know how to participate in community activities as representatives of early
childhood care and education and informed advocates for sound educational practices and policies.

Rationale: In early care and education programs, teachers serve as role models for children and families by making decisions based on knowledge of early childhood theories and practices, advocating for quality in early childhood programs and taking advantage of opportunities to improve competence, both for personal and professional growth and for the benefit of children and families.

BASIC:

PPD-1 Demonstrates a developing commitment to professionalism by satisfactorily completing oral and written literacy screening assessments in the job application process.

PPD-2 Demonstrates a developing commitment to professionalism by adhering to professional work habits including dependability, time management, independence, teamwork, confidentiality, and responsibility.

PPD-3 Demonstrates a developing commitment to professionalism by acting as an advocate for individual children and their families.

PPD-4 Demonstrates a developing commitment to professionalism by articulating an understanding of the .early care and education professional code of ethics and by applying it in everyday practice.

PPD-5 Demonstrates a developing and continuing commitment to professionalism by acquiring knowledge of the field through participation in training, education and professional growth.

PPD-6 Demonstrates a developing commitment to professionalism by identifying the early childhood professional organizations, publications and advocacy efforts.

INTERMEDIATE:

PPD-7 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by leading group discussions involving parents and staff.

PPD-8 Demonstrates a commitment of professionalism by creating and maintaining an environment that encourages appropriate personal and professional characteristics and skills in all those working with young children.

PPD-9 Demonstrates a commitment to professional growth by participating in continuing education classes and by applying the knowledge gained to the operation of the program.

PPD-10 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by identifying the roles of the early childhood professional and their contribution to the field and community at large.

PPD-11 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by applying the early care and education professional code of ethics in everyday practice.

PPD-12 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by belonging to and informing staff, families and others of the professional organizations in the field and their advocacy efforts.

PPD-13 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by advocating for quality programs and services for children and families.

ADVANCED:

PPD-14 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by belonging to early childhood professional organizations and advocating for quality programs and services for children.

PPD-15 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by regularly reading, analyzing, and applying research findings and practices presented in professional publications.

PPD-16 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by consistently exemplifying standards and principles set forth in the professional code of ethics.

PPD-17 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by consistently pursuing opportunities for personal and professional development as designated in professional development plans.

PPD-18 Demonstrates a commitment to professionalism by informing staff, families and the community of child care public policy, how it is developed and its impact on children and families, and by active participation in program, community, state and national activities.

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