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Professional Development Module/Overview – Template

The following provides Pennsylvania Quality Assurance System (PQAS) applicants with the format and instructions for preparing the Professional Development (PD) Module to be submitted to PQAS approval.

Applicants should thoroughly review the criteria used for scoring modules to ensure that the PD Module has sufficient detail to allow the Peer Reviewers to make their assessments in the areas of content, organization, and presentation.

Professional Development (PD) Overview/Module - Template

Last Updated: May 10, 2024

Format and Instructions

The PD Module submitted to PQAS for review should contain the following parts:

Approved Professional Development PQAS Instructors can provide their own curriculum to any Early Childhood Educator in alignment with competencies they are qualified for based on expertise and/or education.

Before choosing a topic, review the list of topics that may not be approved in Pennsylvania’s Professional Development (PD) Registry, such as:

  • Courses approved for specific organizations and/or approved trainers(PDII courses, Water Safety, Medication Distribution, First Aid/CPR, Mandated Reporter etc.)
  • DHS Regulations
  • Courses about Technical Assistance (TA) or Coaching on Keystone STARS

Prior to submitting your PD Overview/Module:

  • Review the PD Scoring Rubric  to ensure your PD Overview/Module meet the criteria.
  • Make sure ALL fields are completed within the PD Overview/Module.
  • Sample module must be at least 2 hours, but no longer than 4 clock hours, excluding breaks.
  • PD Overview/Module and supporting handouts should have NO personal information. Replace ‘name’ with ‘instructor’. Or if you have your contact information listed, replace it with ‘Instructor Contact Information’. (Ex: ‘Jane Doe’ to ‘Instructor’)
  • An original module and overview should be submitted. These cannot be shared between applicants during the application process.
  • Pennsylvania’s PD Registry is not a forum for advertising. The Pennsylvania Key strongly asks all presenters to refrain from marketing products during their sessions.

All required documents must be uploaded through the PD Registry during the application process.

Instructor Tab – attach within the Trainer Documentation Section

  • Select File Type: PD Overview/Module—upload The Professional Development Overview and Module
  • Select File Type: PD Module Supporting Handouts—upload any supporting documentation (Handouts, PowerPoint, etc.)

NOTE: All practitioners in Pennsylvania must complete a 10-hour Health and Safety course specifically developed for Pennsylvania. Certification/Licensing staff in Pennsylvania are the only authorized trainers on specific regulatory information. Additional health and safety courses will be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Key to ensure regulatory topics or content are not referenced. Any health and safety courses approved in the Professional Development Registry must have a disclaimer at the beginning of the course overview. The disclaimer must include: This course does not fulfill the required Pennsylvania 10-hour Pre-Service Health and Safety Training course.

PQAS requirements, processes and privileges may change due to policy changes.



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