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Core Competencies for Early Childhood Professionals

Core competencies

refer to specific, basic concepts, skills and abilities that early childhood professionals should learn, understand and be able to demonstrate. Core competencies are the foundation of a professional development system.

In Texas, we have developed core competencies for the following groups: Practitioners ? , Administrators ? , trainers, and coaches/mentors, with the intent of providing guidance to professionals seeking training and for trainers seeking training topics. Below you will find a list of the Core Competency Areas pertaining to each group. For a complete list of the observable competencies that fall under each area, please download the full Core Competencies documents.

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Core Competencies Training Modules

  • Child Growth and Development
  • Responsive Interactions and Guidance
  • Learning Environments, Planning Framework, Curriculum, and Standards
  • Supporting Skill Development
  • Observation and Assessment
  • Diversity and Dual Language Learners
  • Family and Community Relationships
  • Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Professionalism and Ethics
  • Establishing and Maintaining an Effective Organization
  • Business and Operations Management
  • Human Resource Leadership and Development
  • Maintaining a Healthy and Safe Environment
  • Implementing a Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum and Environment
  • Instituting Family and Community-Centered Programming
  • Adult Learning Theory
  • Training Delivery and Methodologies
  • Transfer of Learning
  • Training Content Development
  • Monitoring and Evaluating Training Effectiveness
  • Characteristics of Effective Trainers
Links to Full Core Competencies Documents

Texas Core Competencies for Practitioners & Administrators
Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners & Administrators – Spanish version
Texas Core Competencies for Trainers
Texas Core Competencies for Coaches/Mentors