November 9, 2021

Course Available to Introduce New Set of Professional Standards

The Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) is now offering an asynchronous course to introduce the new set of Professional Standards to anyone interested in learning more.


Pennsylvania is adopting a new set of professional standards for Early Childhood Educators. The Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators are the general knowledge and skills that educators need to know and be able to demonstrate as they work with children and families. This set of standards and competencies are replacing the Pennsylvania Core Knowledge Competencies (CKCs) and have been adopted from the National Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators.
 OCDEL is offering a course for professionals, which covers the following:
  • Why a new set of standards for early childhood educators is being implemented;
  • The development of the Pennsylvania Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators;
  • The main aspects and components of the PA Professional Standards; and
  • The key shifts found throughout the PA Professional Standards

Access the Course

The course is available within the PD Registry or by searching the training calendar for The Pennsylvania Professional Standards for Early Childhood Educators. To access the course using the link you must be logged into the PD Registry.
All early learning educators, program administrators, professional development instructors, IHE faculty, and anyone interested in learning about the new Professional Standards are encourages to take this free course. A Registry login is required to access the course. Information on how to log into the PD Registry is available on the PA Keys website.