A Journey Towards Personal and Professional Growth for RECEs
It has taken nearly two years to review and update our Certification Process. The significant changes that have happened in the early learning sector over the last 5 years made it necessary for us to take our time in order to ensure the new process is both comprehensive and provides RECEs with the necessary tools to engage in reflective practice. As part of the program’s re-launch a new designation, AECEO.C, was announced as the credential to replace ECE.C. The new acronym more accurately captures the ownership and administration of this much respected program. Intake into the program was officially launched in April of 2014.
What is AECEO Certification?
• A unique professional development process leading to a credential that demonstrates a high standard of professional competence.
• The next professional step to take after registering with the College of Early Childhood Educators and becoming a member of your professional association, the AECEO.
Benefits to the ECE field and the Individual Professional
Becoming AECEO Certified supports professionalism within the field of ECE. With the establishment of the College of ECE (CECE) our field became recognized as a profession and therefore subject to a set of standards and a code of ethics. As of fall 2014 the CECE’s Continuous Professional Learning program (CPL) will make “… ongoing education an important part of being a registered early childhood educator (RECE)”.
The AECEO Certification process will help RECEs fulfill the requirements of the CECE by facilitating the self-assessment process and the subsequent development of a professional learning plan. The development of an E-Portfolio enables reflection and documentation of the process and will help serve as permanent evidence throughout your career.
The AECEO Certification process supports reflective practice, improves professional skills, and reinforces the values and beliefs that led you to this work. Building an E-Portfolio allows RECEs to demonstrate that they remain current, can respond to personal and professional challenges, and continue to learn.
Please note that this process is intended for RECEs who wish to become AECEO Certified. Current AECEO Certified members are not required to renew their AECEO Certification under this process.
What does the new process look like?
Our aim is to help all applicants succeed professionally and attain AECEO Certified status.
We would like at this time to formally express the AECEO’s profound thanks and sincere appreciation to the members of the Certification Advisory Committee, who led the review and launch of the new process, for their support, time, effort and expertise. They exemplify professionalism in every way and the renewal of Certification could not have been accomplished without them.
Gwen Berry, Stacy Ryder, Monica Bissett, Diane Kashin, Lucille Kelleher, Sue Tam
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• Register for and successfully complete the online Professional Module
• Register for and successfully complete the online E-Portfolio Module
• Register for and successfully complete the E-Portfolio development/assessment process.
The benchmarks for the E-Portfolio are based on the CECE Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice.
There is no overall timeline applied to the AECEO Certification process, however, each online module must be completed within six months of enrollment.
The AECEO recognizes that each applicant is unique in their learning style and is able to set their own timeline for completion of the E-Portfolio. Therefore there is no deadline for submitting this requirement.