The College's Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program complements and formalizes the ongoing professional learning many RECEs do every day.
On January 1, 2016, Ontario Regulation 359/15: Continuous Professional Learning made under the Early Childhood Educators Act, 2007 (Continuous Professional Learning Regulation) came into force. This regulation requires all registered early childhood educators to fullfill the requirements of the Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) program of the College of Early Childhood Educators (the College).
"Engaging in ongoing professional learning is important to early childhood educators. It is part of the culture of the profession and an integral component of both professionalism and leadership.
The CPL program is a framework and formal process to help RECEs increase their knowledge and skills and ensure quality professional practice throughout their careers. It also communicates to employers, families and the public that RECEs are members of a distinct profession that values ongoing professional learning." College of ECE
Step One: Expectations for Practice
Beginning September 1, 2016, members of the College are required to complete the first step of the CPL program, the Expectations for Practice Module 2016, within the year following their registration or renewal date.
Step Two: CPL Portfolio Cycle
Beginning September 1, 2017, members of the College are required to start the CPL Portfolio Cycle (2017 edition) after their renewal date and complete it over a period of two years.
The AECEO will continue to develop resources to support early childhood educators to fulfill their Continuous Professional Learning requirements and better understand the process.
In addition, the AECEO certification process can support you to establish the necessary tools to continue with your CPL. Once you acquire your certification you will also receive AECEO certified status (AECEO.C), a well recognized designation that symbolizes your commitment to your profession and ongoing learning as an early childhood educator.