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Adult Education Instructors

Are you interested in enhancing your practice? OSSE offers the following opportunities to adult educators, facilitators and practitioners who want to improve their practice as adult educators:

Graduate Certificate Program in Adult Education

The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), in collaboration with OSSE Adult and Family Education, offers a Graduate Certificate in Adult Education Program to prepare adult educators to meet OSSE licensure requirements and the UDC certification requirements.

OSSE AFE offers a scholarship for adult educators, funding permitting. The eligibility criteria for the scholarship is based on education, employment, and residency and can be found in the OSSE Adult Educator Scholarship Program Information.

UDC also offers a Master of Arts Degree in Adult Education that is aligned with the Graduate Certificate in Adult Education Program. To learn more about these two programs, contact Dr. Heather Bruce at [email protected].

Learning Needs Screening

OSSE Adult and Family Education uses a learning needs screening tool to screen adult learners for disabilities. Adult education, integrated education and training, and/or Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) providers and partners may also use these tools to screen adult participants for learning disabilities.

OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship

OSSE AFE, in collaboration with the UDC Adult Education Program, its professional development partner, will be offering additional professional development opportunities to practitioners in the District of Columbia through the UDC Office of Continuing Education. OSSE AFE will offer a set quota of Professional Development Scholarships to meet the specific fundamental and career training needs of adult educators and vocational instructors, administrators and staff in OSSE AFE Integrated Education and Training (IE&T) Programs, adult-serving local education agencies, training and workforce provider agencies. The list of courses approved by OSSE AFE for scholarship recipients is attached for the period of July 1-Sept. 30, 2021.

There are two levels of training for which enrollees have the option of either online self-paced or instructor-led learning:

  1. Fundamental Training: Courses at this level offer enrollees four to six weeks of access. Scholarship recipients will have an opportunity to enroll in these courses in fiscal year 2021 (FY21) (July 1-Sept. 30, 2021) and FY22 (Oct. 1, 2021 – Sept. 30, 2022). Upon completion of the course(s), there is an automated certificate, which can be printed by the participant.
  2. Advanced Career Training: Courses at this level offer up to 18 months of access, for which scholarships will only be available to staff in OSSE AFE Integrated Education and Training Programs. OSSE AFE IE&T Program staff who receive a scholarship will have an opportunity to enroll in these courses in FY22 (Oct. 1, 2021-Sept. 30, 2022). Certificates of completion are awarded with the University of the District of Columbia’s official seal and are recorded with the registrar’s office. On the certificate, the students are awarded Continuing Education Units (CEUs), one unit for every 10 hours of study.

Neither training track requires a high school diploma nor is there an assessment to register. However, it must be noted that the Career Training track is more rigorous to meet required industry certification standards.

Please peruse the list of OSSE AFE Approved Professional Development Courses for FY 21 (July 1-Sept. 30, 2021). For additional information—title, description and course information (relevant details, syllabus, requirements and instructor) --on any of the OSSE AFE Approved Professional Development Courses, you may visit https://www.ed2go.com/udccc to access the UDC/Ed2Go Fundamental courses or cut and paste the UDC/Ed2Go URL for each course in your browser.

Tuition and Fees

OSSE AFE will pay the applicable tuition – at the UDC Continuing Education rate – for a set quota of adult educators and vocational instructors, administrators, and staff in OSSE AFE Integrated Education and Training Programs, adult-serving local education agencies, training and workforce provider agencies.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship, applicants must be employed in:

  • An Integrated Education and Training Program funded by OSSE AFE;
  • An adult-serving local education agency; or
  • A training and workforce provider agency.

Commitment Agreement

Recipients of an OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship must commit to:

  1. Completing an OSSE AFE Professional Development Course Evaluation in Wufoo using the following link: https://osseafe.wufoo.com/forms/q1wiyt6a10sygvr/.
  2. Providing a brief description of the action steps that they will take to integrate the knowledge derived from the course into their current and/or future work practices in the course evaluation in Wufoo.
  3. Uploading a copy of their Certificate of Completion in Wufoo.
  4. Uploading a copy of their Certificate of Completion in their staff folder in the Literacy, Adult and Community Education System (LACES), if the scholarship recipient is a staff member of an OSSE AFE IE&T provider agency.

Application and Selection Processes

To apply for an OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship, eligible candidates must:

  1. Complete an OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship Application in Wufoo (https://osseafe.wufoo.com/forms/q1bke7fp1wyd6b0/).
  2. Only courses that will potentially improve an applicant’s current work or future job aspirations in an OSSE AFE Integrated Education and Training Program, an adult-serving local education agency, or a training and workforce provider agency, will be approved.

Timeline/Critical Dates

July 1, 2021

Opening Date of Scholarship Application

July 16, 2021

Closing Date of Scholarship Application

July 30, 2021

Scholarship Award Notification to Successful Applicants

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt, and scholarships will be awarded according to the order in which applications are received.  Apply Now!

Contact Information

For general information about the scholarship and/or the approved courses, please email the OSSE AFE Team at [email protected] or Dr. Heather Bruce, UDC Adult Education Program at [email protected], and include "OSSE AFE Professional Development Scholarship" in the subject line.

For additional information about the Fundamental courses, please contact Eddie Williams, UDC Office of Continuing Education, at [email protected]

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Professional Development

In collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and other partners, AFE offers professional development workshops on a variety of topics to providers and partners that serve District residents, including the Comprehensive Adult Student Assessment System (CASAS) Implementation Training.

If you would like to be added to the OSSE Adult and Family Education professional development announcement list, email [email protected]. Please include the following in the body of the email: your contact information (name, email, and phone number) and your agency/organization information (name, address, and website).

Spring 2021 Mini-Professional Development Institute:  Meeting the Postsecondary Education, Training and Workforce Needs of District Residents at a Distance:  Resources, Strategies and Partnerships

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Adult and Family Education (OSSE AFE), in collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), is hosting a Mini-Professional Development Institute for adult education providers, training providers, partner agencies and other stakeholders from Monday, April 26, 2021, to Wednesday, April 28, 2021. There are two, one-hour sessions scheduled on each day. All sessions will be hosted online and recorded.  

As a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health emergency, we are all charged with finding new ways to meet the postsecondary education, training and workforce needs of District residents so they can achieve their college and career goals.  This mini-professional development institute offers information about resources, winning strategies and partnerships that can be used to meet the diverse needs of District residents at a distance and/or in place-based settings using Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), social distancing and other health and safety protocols. 

The complete schedule, session descriptions and session log-in links are available here.

Winter 2020 Mini-Professional Development Institute: Meeting the Physiological, Socio-Emotional and Socio-Economic Needs of District Residents at a Distance: Resources, Strategies and Partnerships

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education, Adult and Family Education (OSSE AFE), in collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), hosted a Mini-Professional Development Institute for adult education providers, training providers, partner agencies and other stakeholders was held Dec. 14-16, 2020. This Mini Professional Development Institute was entitled Meeting the Physiological, Socio-Emotional and Socio-Economic Needs of District Residents at a Distance: Resources, Strategies and Partnerships and was comprised of six one-hour professional development sessions facilitated by experts in their fields to provide information about proven online resources, winning strategies, and partnerships that can be used to meet the needs of District residents at distance.

Summer 2020 Mini-Professional Development Institute: Meeting the Education and Workforce Needs of District Residents at a Distance: Resources, Strategies and Partnerships

The Office of the State Superintendent of Education Adult and Family Education (OSSE AFE), in collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), hosted a Mini-Professional Development Institute for adult education providers, training providers, partner agencies and other stakeholders was held Aug. 10-12, 2020. This Mini-Professional Development Institute: Meeting the Education and Workforce Needs of District Residents at a Distance: Resources, Strategies and Partnerships was comprised of six one-hour professional development sessions facilitated by experts in their fields to provide information about proven online resources, winning strategies, and partnerships that can be used to meet the needs of District residents at distance.

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