Such exciting news!!
The Ontario College of Early Childhood Educators introduced the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program for Ontario’s registered early childhood educators (RECEs) September 2014 [whether or not you are currently employed you are included] and beginning September 1, 2016 the first step of the CPL program, the Expectations for Practice Module should be complete [members have one year to complete module–the one year begins on the day of your registration or renewal on or after September 1, 2016 and ends on your renewal date on or after September 1, 2017].
The Expectations for Practice Module is currently available on the College website for FREE and takes 1 to 1.5 hours to complete.
Remember: that’s just STEP ONE thereafter all members must begin the TWO-YEAR CPL Portfolio Cycle components in the year after they have completed the Expectations for Practice Module.
Members must engage in the portfolio cycle over a two-year period. After one two-year cycle is complete, members will begin a new two-year cycle.
Each component of the CPL Program Portfolio illustrates the College’s commitment to protect the public by expecting that early childhood educators remain competent and current in their efforts to provide professional, quality service in their practice (THAT’S GREAT!!!)
Did you know? On January 1, 2016 Ontario Regulation 359/15: Continuous Professional Learning made under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 came into force. This regulation requires all RECEs to fulfill the requirements of the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program of the College of Early Childhood Educators.
A member’s Certificate of Registration may be suspended by the College if the member does not comply with any requirements of the CPL program.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE PROGRAM: The CPL program acknowledges that RECEs are motivated adult learners. The portfolio components reflect the principles of adult learning. Engagement in the Continuous Professional Learning program provides early childhood educators with opportunities to self-reflect and direct their own learning when enhancing their professional practice.
The CPL program portfolio is comprised of the following three components that RECEs are recommended to review and complete every two years as part of the CPL program portfolio two-year cycle:
- Self-Assessment Tool (Reflect)
- The assessment tool helps you identify the ethical and practice standards that are of high priority for growth or leadership development.
- During this time you are able to identify a minimum of three (3) goals for professional learning.
- Professional Learning Plan (Set Goals and Devise a Plan)
- Here you complete the plan by recording the ethical and practice standard goals, learning activities and timelines in the plan.
- Record of Professional Learning (Track Your Journey and Discoveries)
- Now engage in your planned learning activities, start completing the Record of Professional Learning and collect your documentation of participation in learning activities (get your cameras ready!!)
What I love about CPL’s program framework is how accessible and respectful it has been designed to accommodate different learning styles, needs and interests.
After identifying your goals, you can use various activities and strategies to achieve your goals. [Diagram: Learning Opportunities, see below]
*All three components must be completed in the forms provided by the College, check the college website! Members must also keep CPL program records for six (6) years.