Capella Online Professional Development Course

Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

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.


Understanding Competency-Based Instruction

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
by LISA S. on May 13, 2020
As a college professor, I found the information in the second part of the course - Assessment - to be the most valuable. Thank you.
by kim s. on April 28, 2020
Lots of information! It helped me to understand the use of rubrics better.
by Daisy G. on January 28, 2020
Very informative and well organized!
by Kendra F. on December 7, 2019
This course was very informative because it provided insight on creating differential lessons and facilitating students' ownership through student center tracking tools for fostering mastery of concepts and students' voice and choice.
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.