Professional Development Information System
The Professional Development Information System (PDIS) is a web-based system supporting professional development for Colorado’s early childhood workforce.
Knowledgeable and skilled early educators are the single most important factor in high-quality early care and education environments. PDIS supports early childhood professionals in many ways including:
Supporting individual professionals
Providing online self-paced courses
Connecting professionals with and tracks training and education
Provides information to the QIRS system
Provides info on the EC workforce
The Colorado Shines PDIS lets you document and quantify your professional accomplishments through three types of early childhood Credentials:
Early Childhood Professional Credential — A voluntary system for all Colorado early childhood professionals to document and quantify their professional growth and accomplishments. Also used to define and advance the profession. Learn more about the Early Childhood Professional Credential. View Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 Scoresheet
Coaching Credential — Recognizes coaches who have the skills needed for effective coaching in the early childhood field who engage in regular reflection. Learn more about the Coaching Credential.
Trainer Credential - Strengthens Colorado’s early childhood training system by establishing professional standards and required skills for early childhood trainers. Learn more about the Trainer Credential.
The new PDIS (ECPC 3.0) simplifies the Credential application process, but the requirements for these Credentials have not changed significantly.
How do I get started?
1) Go to ecpd.costartstrong.org
2) Register (use your personal email so you can take your PDIS information anywhere!)
3) Online Self-Paced and Face to Face Courses
4) Competencies Self-Assessment
5) Individual PD Plan
How the Early Childhood Professional Credential 3.0 is Scored
New PDIS FAQ:
ECPC 3.0 -- WHAT HAS CHANGED?
Professionals must now submit an application for a Credential. This is different from the old process that automatically updated the Credential level based on documents submitted by users.
The minimum requirement at Level 3 has changed from 2 to 3 components.
The scoring system is simplified.
HOW TO APPLY FOR A CREDENTIAL IN THE NEW PDIS
Step 1: Complete the Pre-Check. This allows you to check your eligibility before completing the application. Review this step-by-step to complete the Pre-Check.
Step 2: After you complete the Pre-Check, you can complete your application for a Credential or Qualification. Review this step-by-step guide to apply for Credentials and Qualifications.
HOW TO CHECK YOUR CURRENT ECPC LEVEL
Active ECPC (2.0 and 3.0) Credentials can be found from the main menu in the PDIS. Select Credentials and Qualifications, then select Approved Credentials and Qualifications. ECPC 2.0 with an expiration date of June 2021 or later are still active.
This guide walks you through steps to view/print our Credential or Qualification certificate. The PDIS Dashboard is now updated to include each user’s ECPC 3.0 award date and points.
QUESTIONS ABOUT DEMONSTRATED COMPETENCIES?
ECPC 3.0 gives up to 10 bonus points for a qualifying score from an observation that utilizes an approved observation tool (CLASS, TPOT, ERS, etc.) Learn more about Demonstrated Competencies here.