The National Dropout Prevention Network (NDPN) is offering a new National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) certification program for educators and at-risk youth workers. The certification will verify participant knowledge and expertise in at-risk youth issues and strategies for raising graduation rates. The NDPS certification program is founded on NDPC/N’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge.
NDPS participants must either:
NDPS participants must:
NDPS certificate holders will:
The NDPS professional learning requirement will be met by attending NDPC/N conference event sessions sufficient to address 12 or more different research-based effective strategies. Participants may self-select from identified event sessions offered at any NDPC/N training event such as the annual National Dropout Prevention Network Conference, the annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, or the annual National Forum on Dropout Prevention for Native and Tribal Communities. Beginning January 1, 2015, all NDPC/N event sessions will be coded to various effective strategies to facilitate easy selection by NDPS participants. Professional learning costs such as event registration, travel, etc. are the responsibility of the participant. All NDPS participants will be offered discounted event registration fees beginning January 1, 2015.
The NDPS field project requirement may be met by either a program submission to the NDPC/N Model Program Database or submission of a Field Project Report, both of which will be shared worldwide with other practitioners via the NDPC/N Web site.
Upon program admission, participants will receive detailed instructions for professional learning participation, field project completion, and program completion.
NDPS certification is issued by the National Dropout Prevention Network for a three-year validity period and is renewable by participation in four or more professional learning sessions and maintenance of NDPN membership during the certification period.Begin Application