Certifications and Education Standards have a lot in common; you can almost think of a K-12 standard as the younger sibling of a Certification!
Education Standards are the learning goals for what students should know and be able to do at each grade level. These standards are used throughout K-12 education.
Certifications are designated credentials earned by an individual to verify their legitimacy and competence to perform a job.
Just like EdGate can take K-12 learning standards and align K-12 content to those standards, EdGate can take Certification outcomes and align content/assessment items to those outcomes. As an example, EdGate has aligned Microsoft Office content to Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification outcomes and to IC3 certification outcomes. And we are currently working for a trade organization aligning Restaurant-related content to state-specific performance indicators.
In many states you can find a wide range of CTE options that may result in certification. As an example, Maryland uses industry certification standards as benchmarks rather than the typical CTE standards found in many other states. For each CTE program of study the state lists the Industry Certifications that the student may earn. For example, the Maryland Hospitality & Tourism Management Program includes standards that act as certification requirements in order to earn an AHLA Certified Hospitality & Tourism Management Professional (CHTMP) certification.
Think of EdGate as your alignment expert to any set of learning outcomes whether that is a typical K-12 learning outcome or an advanced certification.
By: Gina Faulk