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Capella Online Professional Development Course

Understanding Competency-Based Instruction
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Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

Have you ever wondered if you could implement competency-based lessons into your teaching? Learn about competency-based curricula and lesson planning along with best-practices like methods for developing competency-based classroom management techniques. Full Description


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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Learn how to build and apply effective pedagogical strategies for implementing competency-based instruction. Through a series of steps, you create and implement a tiered assignment that is tied to authentic assessment.  As you build on these skills and strategies, you create an educational environment that values student voice and pace. 

During this course you will build

  • An evaluation process to measure your current lessons for competency-based education (CBE) practices
  • A differentiated lesson using the 5 principles of constructivist teaching  
  • A competency-based lesson (new or updated) to incorporate technology
  • A competency-based rubric for an authentic assessment 
  • A tiered assignment aligned to an authentic assessment  
  • A student self-evaluation tool to track and reflect on progress meeting the specific competencies


7 Student Reviews
by Lee H. on July 12, 2018
It was challenging but very informative. Well done.
by Ginger D. on July 1, 2018
Very informative course that will have a positive impact on my teaching and therefore, the learning experience of my students. It will also be useful for my evaluations, as I will be utilizing the concepts here more frequently in my instructional and assessment practices.
by Kelsey D. on June 15, 2018
Content is well aligned and logical. Great ideas I can easily incorporate into my planning.
by Ghada K. on January 5, 2018
Thank you! It is a beneficial and challenging course.
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.