This course will deepen your understanding of how effective leadership contributes to staff members’ sense of professionalism. Shared leadership and decision-making, confidentiality and ethical practices, and the creation of a professional learning community will be addressed. You will learn how goal-setting and evaluation can contribute to continuous program improvement, and how your role as a mentor is vital.
Professionalism: An Introduction
In this lesson, you will learn about practices that are tied to professionalism. The characteristics of effective leaders in an early care and education setting will be explored. Resources for professional growth and mentoring are included.
Developing Staff Members' Sense of Professionalism
In this lesson, you will learn how to support staff members in their own professional growth. Your role as a program manager puts you in a position to create a program environment where professional behavior and excellence in caregiving is the norm.
Professionalism: Ethical Practices
In this lesson you will examine the importance of acting responsibly and ethically in your daily work with children, families, staff, and community members.
Professionalism and Program Quality
In this lesson you will learn about indicators of program quality. T&Cs and program managers have tremendous impact on program quality. They model professional interactions with children, staff, families, and community partners. Leaders ensure that program-level goals are set and achieved in order to provide high-quality services to children and their families.