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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


12 Student Reviews
by Shannon P. on September 14, 2019
Great course! Extremely informative and an excellent source for those wanting to transition to course based learning. The video series was excellent! Would recommend this to anyone willing to make the switch.
by Briana E. on July 29, 2019
If you've done the other more short courses, this class in intuitive. Barely had to watch any of the videos. Took me 4.5 hours to do the whole course. If you are looking to take this course instead of some of the shorter ones, then this would be great! It is a great overview of CBE, differentiated instruction, personalized learning, and all the different ways formative and summative assessments can be used to benefit students (including self assessment and reflection). Highly recommend!
by Candi A. on January 26, 2019
I liked this course. I am teaching Structured English Immersion instead of English Language Arts and this course has helped me immensely.
by Patricia Y. on November 18, 2018
The course was very thorough and easy to understand.
by Rachel H. on November 17, 2018
I really appreciated this course, it was an affordable and easy way for me to fulfill credits towards my license. It was great to work on my own timeline with a super busy schedule. I will referring other teachers to this wonderful program!
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.