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 empathetic 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 are grouped into 9 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 Professional practice and identity as a Developmental Educator
2 Contemporary understanding of disability, theory, and human diversity
3 Interpersonal and Communication Skills
4 Develop, monitor and evaluate programs and interventions to build capacity across the lifespan
5 Learning and behaviour support
7 Formal and informal assessments
8 Health and wellbeing
9 Case Management / Support Coordination