Capella Online Professional Development Course

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Understanding Competency-Based Curriculum

What is the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies? How can the all be integrated into the curriculum? Learn how to map competencies to outcomes and then align standards to both in order to create a lesson plan that will ensure improved learning for each of your students. Full Description

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How Capella PD can work for you.

Your Time

Competency-based coursework makes it easy to learn on your time and at your pace, at home or on the go. It’s professional learning on your terms.

Your Class

Application questions within the course send teachers into their classrooms to practice and reflect upon what they have learned applying your learning with your students.

Your Career

Choose to earn professional contact hours or graduate credit and power your career as you see fit from personal growth through to a graduate degree.


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Gain an understanding of the differences between standards, outcomes, and competencies and the skills to integrated into them into your curriculum.  The course takes you from  using the principles of Deeper Learning to begin development of your plan all the way through using Understanding by Design out line your entire unit. 

During this course you will build  

  • A revised competency-based unit plan using the principles of Deeper Learning,
  • An analysis of an existing lesson plan for standards, outcomes and competencies  
  • One learning outcome that is mapped to standards and competencies
  • Student reflections on competency-based education 
  • An outline of the knowledge and skills that align to your targeted competencies 
  • A unit plan outline using UbD


5 Student Reviews
by Leslie C. on February 15, 2017
Some of the questions on the Milestone assessments could be more clear. Some of the answers were just slightly nuanced and difficult to know which was the correct answer. Some of the tutorials weren't that clear on definitions. I had to supplement with outside resources not listed in the tutorials. I have been using Competency-Based Education for a few years and found this course to be overly difficult.
by Stephanie P. on July 20, 2016
This was very challenging. I thought a few of the questions were tricky, but overall I did fine. I did feel sorry for Mildred, though.
by Melissa D. on May 14, 2016
I liked that the course wasn't isn't about how to use my iPad. It is about understanding why and when digital tools can help me to engage and support my students better.
by Beth M. on May 21, 2016
It is directly applicable to me and my classroom. I am building artifacts that I will continue to use with my students well after I finish the course.
by Carrie F. on May 3, 2016
I really like that the course makes me accountable for my own learning. I enjoy collaborating with my colleagues but it is nice that I don't need to wait for someone else to move on with my learning.