ECE competencies mapping tool

California ECE Competencies Mapping Tool

The ECE Competencies Mapping Tool provides a way to determine where and to what extent courses and trainings align with California's ECE Competencies.

A shared goal of institutions of higher education and professional development providers is to develop a well-educated, highly skilled early childhood education workforce. The Early Education and Support Division (EESD) of the California Department of Education recently developed Early Childhood Educator Competencies to articulate the professional knowledge, skills, and dispositions required for high quality care and education for young children.

Designated “mappers” will use the web-based ECE Competencies Mapping Tool to compare their courses and trainings with the ECE Competencies. Through the mapping process, faculty and other professionals can determine how thoroughly competencies are addressed.

We encourage you to review the links and pages on this site to understand the Mapping Tool and its impact on the early childhood education field. When you are ready, click on the Mapping Tool logo (in the upper left corner) to access the tool or this link

Who Should Use The Mapping Tool?

The ECE Competencies Mapping Tool is designed for use by higher education faculty and professional development providers who work with the early childhood field. The web-based Mapping Tool analyzes the link between the California Early Childhood Educator Competencies and specific ECE course offerings and trainings.

The support system for the Mapping Tool and the sign-up process to become a designated “mapper” are being administered by the Child Development Training Consortium.

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When Should Courses And Trainings Be Mapped?

Higher education faculty and professional development providers can start mapping now. 

A diverse sample of professional development providers and faculty tested the Mapping Tool and found it intuitive and efficient. It was reported that an entire curriculum has been mapped in less than one day. 

Mapping is just the beginning. Once a curriculum is mapped online, the Tool can produce reports that can be used in many ways including course and training content development, student advising, and instructional practices.

"This is really the first time I've been able to sit down and take a good look at the competencies we expect from our participants after their participation in class." - Diane Harkins

History: The Competencies Integration Project

Better prepared professionals provide more effective early childhood education (ECE) settings, leading to better prepared children.

The Competencies Integration Project (CIP) was funded by the Governor's State Advisory Council on Early Learning and Care, and the Early Education and Support Division of the California Department of Education. The project was led by a steering committee of twelve higher education faculty from the California State University and the California Community College systems. The CIP Steering Committee developed a web-based tool to link the California ECE Competencies to higher education courses and state-funded professional development trainings. The intent of the competences is to promote a stronger ECE workforce and improve early learning outcomes for children.

Beginning in January 2011, California’s early care and education faculty, stakeholders, statewide partners, and policy-makers joined together to develop rubrics, a tool, and procedures to reflect the essential characteristics of workforce preparation in the field of ECE. CIP has developed a sophisticated process and web-based tool for examining postsecondary ECE learning opportunities.

According to the California ECE Competencies, an ECE professional should have defined knowledge, skills and dispositions in order to be attain competency. These competencies have been organized into Competency Areas, Performance Areas, Topics, and Contexts and have been aligned with Preschool Learning Foundations and Infant/Toddler Learning and Development Foundations. The video provides a helpful overview of the competency integration process.

The CIP formula for determining learning opportunities provided in a course or training is based upon the components of the CA ECE Competencies. It is a combination of time spent for learning; amount of Competency Area included in the learning opportunity; amount of each Context included in the learning opportunity; and the amount of coverage for each Topic. Now is your opportunity to learn more about the ECE Competencies Mapping Tool.

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"[With the Mapping Tool,] we will be able to inform the early childhood workforce what courses actually will facilitate the development of competencies that they might need." - Cecelia Fisher Dahms