Project: Professional Development Plan

Project: Professional Development Plan

Before you began your specialization courses, you set goals for your professional development in EDUC 3101: Professionalism and Advocacy in the Early Childhood Field. At that time, you identified specific competencies you wanted to focus on in order to increase your professional growth and explained how you planned to raise your level of knowledge and skill in each of these three competencies. Since you completed this assignment, you have taken all of your specialization courses and learned a great deal more about yourself, young children and their families, and the field of early childhood/child development.

Take time now to collect your thoughts regarding:

  • What you know about child development and effective early childhood practice
  • Knowledge, skills, and dispositions essential to quality professionals
  • Areas in which you need to grow
  • Jobs that interest you
  • Job-related skills you have and those you need to improve

You will apply this thinking as you complete your Professional Development Plan. For this assignment, download, complete, and submit your plan:

Assignment length: 3–4 pages

Learning Resources

Complete the following self-assessments before you participate in this week’s Discussion. (Note: You completed the second and third assessment in EDUC 3101: Professionalism and Advocacy in the Early Childhood Field. Since then, you have taken all of the courses in your specialization and grown both personally and professionally. Reflect on this growth as you complete these again.)

  1. Habits of Mind Self-Assessment Click for more options
    Retrieved from http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Gq%2FkE9Cosx5ADe1kGb8wMyZD9zARV2tuDf0B3qvVxWw%3D
  2. Assessing Your Professional Development Click for more options
    From: Morrison, G. S. (2007). Early childhood education today (10th ed., p. 19). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
    Copyright © 2007 by Pearson Education. Reproduced by permission of the publisher. Further reproduction is prohibited without written permission of the publisher.
  3. Seventeen Competencies for Becoming a Professional: A Professional Development Checklist Click for more options
    From: Morrison, G.S. (2009). Early childhood education today (11th ed., p. 26). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.
    Adapted from Morrison, G. S. (2008). Fundamentals of early childhood education (5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Merrill.

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