Instructor Registry & Approval

The DIEEC is committed to quality assurance of Levels 2, 3, and 4 curriculum as well as Instructors who teach this quality assured curriculum in the state of Delaware. Instructor approval is determined by a set of standards and qualifications. Approval is based upon a set of Instructor Competencies that are specific to early childhood content expertise and an understanding of adult development, facilitation, and/or instructional methods. There are also requirements related to work experience in training adults and/or education in adult development and learning, as well as direct service work experience.

Instructor Competencies differ for 1) Basic, 2) Intermediate, and 3) Master Instructors in the areas of professionalism and ethics, content knowledge, and presentation facilitation. 

Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Instructor Competencies

Basic Intermediate Master
Approved to facilitate
Level 2 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2 & 3 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2, 3 & 4 training
Professionalism and Ethics (PE)
  1. Responsive to diverse experiences and audiences
  2. Respectful of diverse participants
  3. Integrates diversity into training delivery
  4. Models and promotes professionalism
  5. Establishes and maintains appropriate professional boundaries especially when instructor has more than one role with the student (supervisor, mentor, employee)
  6. Establishes and maintains appropriate professional boundaries re: personal relationships
  7. Portrays “expert” identity
  8. Adheres to instructor policies and procedures (business practices)
  9. Participates in professional activities to enhance own growth
  10. Sets goals and carries out own professional development plan
  11. Reflects on own practice
  12. Keeps current with changes in the Delaware Early Childhood system/standards
  13. Seeks growth in areas of limited knowledge
  14. Reports accurate information in a timely manner
  15. Maintains poise and professionalism under stress
  16. Maintains confidentiality
  1. Maintains balance of relationship‐based support
  2. Objectively assesses others
  3. Recognizes own limits of cultural competence and experience in providing services, not accepting assignments outside those limits
  4. Employs best practice in adult education
  1. Maintains a balance between personal and professional life
  2. Participates in early childhood system building
  3. Assists others with their value exploration
  4. Assists others with self‐reflection
  5. Assists others with compliance of NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct for Adult Educators
  6. Assists others in establishing and maintaining appropriate boundaries when instructor has more than one role with the student (supervisor, mentor, employee)
  7. Assists others in establishing and maintaining appropriate professional boundaries re: personal relationship
  8. Participates in instructor observation
  9. Participates in evaluation design or revision process
Basic Intermediate Master
Approved to facilitate
Level 2 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2 & 3 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2, 3 & 4 training
Content Knowledge (CK)
  1. Possesses basic knowledge & practical experience in topic area
  2. Recognizes own limits of competence in the field: has a broad knowledge of current trends, theory, & practice; does not accept assignments outside of those limits
  3. Is knowledgeable of a variety of early childhood settings
  4. Is familiar with varying levels of participants’ developmental abilities
  1. Demonstrates current knowledge & practical experience in topic area
  2. Integrates comprehensive, meaningful, & relevant information based on participants’ needs and developmental abilities
  3. Uses self‐reflection to improve training content
  4. Uses participant evaluation data to improve content
  1. Demonstrates extensive knowledge & practical experience in topic area
  2. Researches current trends in topic area
  3. Maintains resources that are current and topic related
Basic Intermediate Master
Approved to facilitate
Level 2 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2 & 3 training
Approved to facilitate
Levels 2, 3 & 4 training
Presentation Facilitation (PF)
  1. Delivers content in its entirety
  2. Delivers content in specified timeframe
  3. Delivers in an organized fashion
  4. Delivers training based on adult learning principles using a variety of instructional methods
  5. Uses materials effectively
  6. Responds to participant learning styles
  7. Facilitates group dynamics to ensure participant involvement and participation
  8. Creates a supportive adult learning environment
  9. Relates effectively to individuals and groups
  10. Communicates clearly and audibly
  11. Uses humor appropriately
  12. Uses audio visual equipment appropriately
  13. Writes legibly
  14. Refers to learning objectives throughout training
  15. Creates a welcoming atmosphere
  16. Orients participants to location/surroundings
  17. Connects content to participants roles and workplaces
  1. Adapts training in response to participants’ knowledge and expectations
  2. Assesses group dynamics to engage all participants
  3. Creates a flexible environment for varied adult learners
  4. Uses effective transitions
  5. Links content to learning objectives, competencies and standards
  6. Uses evaluation data to improve delivery
  7. Uses a variety of strategies to problem solve
  8. Supports participants of varying developmental abilities
  9. Uses self‐reflection to improve training delivery
  10. Uses participant evaluation data to improve training delivery
  1. Varies instructional methods based on the needs of participants
  2. Provides a supportive environment that addresses incorrect responses and guides participants to appropriate conclusions
  3. Communicates verbally & in writing, in a professional manner: organized, legible, grammatically correct, correct spelling

 
The Instructor Matrix  summarizes the Certification process for Basic, Intermediate, Master, and Specialty Instructors. Click here to print a copy of this Matrix. (PDF 159K)

Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood Instructor Matrix

Certification Approved Training Level Educational Requirements Experience with Children/Youth Experience Supporting Adult Learners Professional Development Requirements Approval Period*** Renewal**** Quality Assurance
Basic Level 2 Min. AA/AS in EC, EE or related field, with 15 EC/EE credits or equivalent professional development Min. 3 years 20 contact hours 15 clock hrs. basic adult learner class*
Must initiate within six(6) months of first facilitation*
2 years Facilitate min. of 1 Level 2 training annually; complete 15 clock hrs./CEUs in EC, EE or related topic; submit two letters of support; participate in bi-annual Institute training meeting Institute data collection & reporting; evaluation rating; observation assessment
Intermediate Level 2-3 Min. BA/BS in EC, EE or related with 15 EC/EE credits or equivalent professional development Min. 3 years 40 contact hours 15 clock hrs. basic adult learner class and 5 clock hrs. reflective practice* 5 years Facilitate min. of 1 Level 2 or 3 training annually; complete 15 clock hrs./CEUs in EC, EE or related topic; submit two letters of support; participate in bi-annual Institute training meeting Institute data collection & reporting; evaluation rating; observation assessment
Master Level 2-4 Min. BA/ BS in EC, EE or related with 15 EC/EE credits or equivalent professional development Min. 3 years 60 contact hours 15 clock hrs. basic adult learner class, 5 clock hrs. reflective practice and 5 clock hrs. evaluating outcomes 5 years Facilitate min. of 1 Level 2, 3 or 4 training annually; complete 15 clock hrs./CEUs in EC, EE or related topic; submit two letters of support; participate in bi-annual Institute training meeting Institute data collection & reporting; evaluation rating; observation assessment
Specialty Level 2-3 in topics specifically related to license or certification Specific to specialty area (e.g.: health, mental health, nutrition, safety, social work, business, law) No minimum 20 contact hours Fulfill specialty certification or licensing requirement 5 years Facilitate min. of 1 Level 2 or 3 training annually; submit two letters of support Institute data collection & reporting; evaluation rating; observation assessment through specialty organization

* Completion of adult learner classes or demonstration of equivalent competency, are required to be met by 8/31/11, based on the attached learning objectives
** New instructors can facilitate up to three (3) trainings within a six (6) month period prior to initiating the PD requirement
*** Assuming annual quality assurance data is positive
*
*** Requires satisfactory training evaluation data

Early Childhodd Instructors & Technical Assistants - Instructor Registry & Approval

How do I become a DIEEC quality approved Instructor?

We welcome new professionals who want to offer trainings for early childhood professionals in the state of Delaware.  To be approved as a DIEEC quality assured trainer, please:

  1. Register in the DIEEC Instructor Registry and complete the Instructor Registry Application Form on-line. The Instructor registry is a database of instructors and their qualifications.

    [Included here is a Word Document of the Instructor Registry Application Form (MS Word Doc 23K) which can be submitted by mail. However, we PREFER that you register and apply on line.]

    Using the on-line application, attach an electronic copy of your resume.

    The resume should contain the following information:

    1. Educational background (Highest level listed first); degree, name of institution, and area of concentration
      1. Work History: (most recent experience first)- organization/agency/school, dates, your role within the organization, and major accomplishments; and
      2. Experience as an Educator of the early childhood workforce: affiliation, dates, your role and responsibilities, the content in which you have expertise, and the students with whom you worked.
  2. Then, mail the following supporting materials to DIEEC:

    1. Applicable college/university transcript(s)
    2. Two current letters of reference from professionals who can verify your role as an Instructor
  3. Address the mailing to:

    Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood
    University of Delaware
    Department of Human Development & Family Studies
    111 Alison Hall West
    Newark, DE 19716

What if my organization wishes to be recognized as a DIEEC approved Training Organization?

If an organization wishes to be considered as an approved Training Organization, the Program Manager or Director should complete a Training Organization Application Form (a Word Document) and mail it to the Institute address listed above. Click here for the Word Document (MS Word Doc 20K).  We will contact you once the application has been received.