Create a Professional Development Plan

A professional development plan helps you set goals and take action in a way that is right for you. Taking time to think about your work and your goals can help you set yourself up for success. Whether you work with young children and families or your work as a trainer, coach, consultant or mentor, we’re here to help.

Getting started

An important first step is to think about your current skills, your career goals, and what works well for you as a learner. This will help you create a plan that will help you learn and grow.  

We’ve created the reflection  tool for developing your individual professional development plan (IPDP) based on OEC’s core knowledge and competency frameworks.   Whether you are an early care and childhood professional who works with children and families or a technical assistance providers, the reflection tool is your personal guide for thinking. Choose the format that works best for you:

Conducting reflective supervision

If you’re a supervisor and would like to talk with your staff about their professional development, the reflection IPDP tool may help.

Reflection tools

Make sure to follow best practices for reflective supervision and check out reflective supervision resources.

Use the reflection tool to engage in an a conversation about growth opportunities — not to evaluate your staff.

Last updated March 24, 2023