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A great new Professional Development Certification partnership with TPA!

The Professional Association in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of America worked with Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) to develop a certificate program for Boys & Girls Club professionals this past Spring. A majority of the cost was underwritten by TPA and BGCA for the first phase of this program.

The Professional Development Certification Program consists of Phase I: Basic (36.5 hours) and Phase II: Coach/Leader (22 hours). Through the Basic Phase training, which is conducted online and face-to-face, participants learn the basics of serving children in transition; regardless of the reason for their highly-mobile lifestyle. Some of the training topics include managing challenging behaviors, special needs, bullying and managing large groups. Each module is grounded in research-informed practices and materials where the participants are given the opportunity to put the skills presented into practice. This training is designed so that participants can build upon their current skills while increasing their knowledge base of tools and strategies. The training style is highly interactive with opportunities to expand the time on areas which may need more time for discussion.

At the conclusion of the training, participants leave with the capacity to impact a positive environment for the children and youth in the Clubs.

For anyone that completed Phase 1 they may now register for Phase 2 to be held October 10-12 in Killeen, Texas.

Here is the registration link with the potential pricing guide. All that is required to register is $300.

 Hotel rooms may be reserved at the Residence Inn or at the Holiday Inn- Killeen. Both of these locations share a parking lot. The government rate is $83 per night and is the responsibility of the participant. The hotels will fill up quickly this time of year, so please don’t delay in making those reservations.

The training will begin at 5 pm on October 10 and conclude at 4pm on October12th.

You can make those reservations with Residence Inn by following this link:

The Holiday Inn can be reserved at this link:

All meals will be provided during the training; except meals during travel. Those will be the responsibility of the participant.

On October 1, MCEC will notify each participant of their balance due. The cost of the training is significantly reduced if there are 20 participants. Please encourage your colleagues who completed Phase I to register and attend Phase II.

MCEC’s Professional Development Certification Training Phase II

The PD Certification Phase II is an opportunity for emerging leaders to further strengthen their leadership and coaching skills in their positions with BGCA. The training is grounded in research-informed resources and include hands-on and practical exercises that are easily implemented in the Club environment. Participants are given the opportunity to network and learn from their peers through interactive activities and lessons.

Participants are invited to share how they utilize the resources and activities through an anonymous evaluation system after the training. This information is used to gauge the growth and additional training needs for youth-serving organizations.


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