DIEEC is committed to providing quality professional learning experiences by creating and sustaining a responsive, data-driven system for enhancing the knowledge and skills of the early childhood workforce. We partner with other state, nonprofit, and educational organizations to ensure a high-quality early care and education system in Delaware. Click on the blue boxes below to learn more about our professional learning experiences and how your training can get quality assured.

For the Early Childhood Professional

All Quality Assured (QA) Training:
• Is aligned with the Early Learning Foundations, School-Age or Early Childhood Competencies.
• Is evidence based, reflects best practice, is rooted in the latest research in early childhood education, and is responsive to each learner.
• Has objectives and outcomes that are linked to the training, with ongoing assessment. For more details see Training Matrix (PDF File).
• Is responsive to the learner and follows the adult learning principles.
• Must go through a rigorous quality assurance process, and all approved instructors must meet the requirements of subject matter expert.

DIEEC develops, approves, delivers, and coordinates quality assured professional learning experiences (PLE). Quality assured PLEs consist of three levels of training: 
introductory training
intermediate training 
advanced training 

All QA training sponsored by DIEEC or other approved sponsoring organizations or instructors will be advertised on the training calendar. 

To register, create a profile in the registry and click on the training calendar. Successful completion of QA training hours will be reflected on your personal transcript, which can be accessed on your training profile.

To learn more about our current list of upcoming professional learning experiences, please review our course catalog.

QA Conferences & PD Opportunities

To recognize high-quality professional learning experiences that are offered outside of Delaware, DIEEC, with the Department of Education, has developed a comprehensive list of professional development conferences and opportunities that meet the quality assured specifications. These training opportunities will be considered introductory training hours, unless otherwise specified.

Sponsoring Organizations

DIEEC partners with several different organizations to offer quality assured training opportunities. All training that is quality assured and offered by these organizations will be listed on the registry for you to register. Click here for sponsoring organizations.

Receiving QA Credit for Approved Out-of-State Professional Development

The conferences and professional development opportunities listed will not be reflected on a DIEEC transcript. It is the responsibility of the participant to register to receive Continuing Education Units (CEU), Continuing Education Credits, or receive proper documentation in form of certificate or transcript from each conference or workshop. Keep record of each training or workshop in order for it to be reviewed at a verification visit. For each conference attended; a professional will receive a maximum of 6 QA hours, unless a CEU certificate from IACET with documentation of CEU hours is provided. (This certificate is usually provided for an additional cost) 

If you believe there is an out-of-state conference or training opportunity that meets the Quality Assured criteria and is not on the list, please send an email to DIEEC at ecinstitute@udel.edu for review.

We will notify you of the decision 45 days after your request. If it meets the standard of QA it will be added to this list and updated on the DIEEC website.

Click here for quality assured conferences.

For Instructors/Agencies

Professional Learning Curriculum Approval

DIEEC designs, delivers, and evaluates training based on adult learning theories, research, and models. Since curriculum used in child care is approved by alignment with the Early Learning Foundations, and Delaware Professional Competencies, along with other essential criteria, the commitment is also that professional development is similarly aligned.  Please note that all elements and fields of the curriculum workshop approval forms are required.

To deliver quality assured professional development to Delaware’s early care and education workforce, there is a two-step process for three years of approval.

The first step is to get the entrepreneur/for-profit or sponsoring organization registered. The next step is to get the workshop curriculum approved. Once the entrepreneur/organization has been accepted, the “curriculum only” may be submitted for future curriculum submissions.

Professional Learning Quality Assurance Policy

This professional learning quality assurance policy provides a detailed overview of the process and evaluation of professional learning curriculum.

Individual/Organization Approval

Are you applying as an entrepreneur?

If you need to engage in this two-step process as an entrepreneur – an individual or organization that is not classified as a nonprofit and/or makes a profit from the training offered – select:

entrepreneur individual LLC full application

Are you applying as a sponsoring organization?

If you need to engage in this two-step process as a sponsoring organization – an individual or organization that is a non-profit or state agency that is providing fee subsidized or free training to the workforce – select:

sponsoring organization full application

 

Curriculum Approval Only

If you have already been quality assured as an entrepreneur – an individual or organization that is not classified as a nonprofit and/ or makes a profit from the training offered – select:

entrepreneur individual LLC curriculum ONLY

If you have already been quality assured as a sponsoring organization – an individual or organization that is a non-profit or state agency that is providing fee subsidized or free training to the workforce – select:

sponsoring organization curriculum ONLY 

Return completed form to:

Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood (DIEEC)
501 S. College Ave.
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
 
OR
 
Email: ecinstitute@udel.edu
 

Your curriculum will be reviewed by DIEEC using the professional learning curriculum approval rubric.

 You will be contacted with questions or feedback, and approval takes approximately 30 days.

After your workshop is approved, you will receive a professional learning experience memorandum of understanding and the training will be listed on the DIEEC training calendar. We ask that all training be listed 30 days in advance. Entrepreneurs will be assessed each time it is listed on the site.

Please complete this professional learning experience details form and submit to list your workshop on the DIEEC registry.

View the registry details for an overview of the steps to getting your workshop on the DIEEC registry.

At this time, the DIEEC does not quality assure online workshops from outside organizations without a plan to link it to our registry and run through our PD system. If you are interested in having an online workshop approved for QA hours, a plan must be made.  Working to have your online training on the DEPDNow platform is also negotiable.

Sponsoring Organizations

DIEEC partners with several different organizations to offer quality assured training opportunities. All training that is quality assured and offered by these organizations will be listed on the registry for you to sign up.

Click here for a list of sponsoring organizations.

Curriculum Transition – Virtual Learning

Please complete the virtual training form to get your training quality assured.

We will continue to update these virtual training quality assured FAQs to support you through the process.