Professional Preparation and Recognition

Framework for Understanding Parenting Educator Professional Preparation and Recognition

This framework is designed to provide information about existing types of professional preparation and recognition available for practitioners in the field of parenting education. Individuals enter parenting education from a broad range of experience and educational levels – from high school education or GED to doctoral degree. This framework is not meant to be a career ladder but can be used as a resource in the development of one. A person can be engaged in more than one of the types of professional preparation and recognition listed simultaneously. 

There is currently no widely accepted consensus regarding definitions for the terms “credential” and “certificate” as is evident in the terms used in the examples below. The following are working definitions of these terms as used in this document:

  • Certificate – completion of a course of study (e.g., 10-day course, 12-credit graduate program; can be credit or non-credit)
  • Credential – verification or validation of one’s qualifications (experiences and education) as a professional by a third party based on defined criteria

NOTE  : Numbers 1 & 2 below are Professional Preparation Types and Numbers 3, 4, & 5 are Professional Recognition Types.

Professional Preparation

Recognition Systems