Core competencies of Developmental Educators

The values and attitudes that underpin the core competencies of Developmental Educators are:

  • A genuine interest in people with disabilities, their families, and their support services
  • An empathic approach to complex human service issues
  • A belief in the empowerment of people with disabilities and their families/carers, and
  • Enthusiasm for the disability profession

The Developmental Educator’s competencies may be broken down into 16 core competencies that reflect the general areas of skill and knowledge that are deemed necessary for Developmental Educators to function effectively in the provision of services to people with disabilities and their families in a range of settings.

1 The Sociology of Diversity in the Community
2 Disability Issues and the Social Construct of Disability
3 Human Development across the Lifespan
4 Interpersonal and Group Skills
5 Principles of Human Learning and Support
6 Ethical and Legal Issues
7 Assessment of Individuals and Groups
8 Health issues for People with Disabilities
9 Family Professional Partnerships
10 Communication, Language, and Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC)
11 Neurological Issues and Rehabilitation
12 Case Management
13 Counselling
14 Employment and Disability
15 Positive Behaviour Support
16 Mentoring and Advocacy for People with Diverse Learning Needs