Introducing a sector-leading, virtual offering from the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest: a free, evidence-based certificate for educators in long-term care and created by educators in long-term care!
The Specialized Educator Certificate in LTC supports LTC educators to upgrade their knowledge and skills through experiential learning, and collaborate with peers.
Registration for Level One is Now Closed!
Core skills and competencies, adult learning, education and innovative teaching strategies. Learn more about level 1.
Registration for Level One is Now Closed!
Level 2 – Intermediate
Practice and application of foundational skills and competencies.
Level 3 – Advanced
Project-based, personalized extension of learning (including evaluation skills, extensive application, and synthesis.)
Be more effective in your role
- Get immersed in the latest educational technology
- Enhance your existing training to increase learner engagement and retention
- Make existing training more engaging to improve knowledge application
- Get a personalized learning experience with coaching that directly applies to your role
Grow your professional network
- Get connected to a Community of Practise
- Get updates for ongoing training opportunities
- Meet and learn with a diverse group of educators from across the province
- Build your portfolio with leading practices
Educators in the 600+ Ontario Long Term Care homes represent a wide variety of disciplines, knowledge, skill, experiences and credentials. Often, educators lack resources in terms of time and money to devote to their own professional development due to the urgent and ongoing nature of demands on the job.
This is a chance for your educators to access free learning on adult education best practices and innovative educational approaches as applied specifically to the long-term care sector.
The Educator Certificate will improve your organization and the teams and individuals you work with.
- See education build up your teams instead of patch up your teams
- See education used where it can have an impact
- Optimize your educational resources to build team resilience and engagement in change processes and innovation
- Redirect your educational resources to transforming your home instead of putting out fires
Here you can find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Specialized Educator Certificate in LTC (SECL) and the application process.
- When does the SECL take place?
You can find the key dates and other SECL details here: Key Dates and SECL Details
2. What is the cost of the SECL?
The SECL is a free program that builds individual and organizational education capacity
3. Who can apply for the SECL?
We welcome applications from LTC team members who:
- Are employed in long-term care in Ontario at time of registration
- Plan, coordinate and/or deliver education for LTC team members
- Able to commit to 90 minutes of class time and 2 hours of assignment time outside of class
4. Do I need to start with level 1?
Through consultation there was a collective decision for all learners to begin with level 1 no matter their prior education. As the role of ‘educator’ in long-term care is varied, there is a need to create a base level of shared knowledge amongst team members. We will be exploring how to apply long-term care education innovations in practice; specifically Ontario CLRI products.
5. If the SECL is completely virtual, what will the learning format be?
Each of the 6 weeks will include:
- One 90-minute synchronous virtual session with an Ontario CLRI facilitator
- recorded for those who cannot attend
- Up to two hours of asynchronous simulation and case-based inquiry in ALPHA, using scenarios related to each week’s learning outcomes
- Weekly optional office hours with coaching
6. What is ALPHA?
A software application that integrates simulation and case-based inquiry grounded in a serious educational game and digital open-world learning. Learn more about ALPHA.
7. Who are the “experts” who developed the program to meet the needs of the sector?
This program was developed by experts from the following organizations:
- Behavioural Supports Ontario (BSO)
- Family Councils Ontario (FCO)
- Long Term Care and Adult Day Services, Region of Peel
- Ontario Association of Residents’ Council (OARC)
- Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long Term Care (Ontario CLRI)
- Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario (RNAO)
- Senior’s Services and Long-Term Care, City of Toronto
- University Health Network, Toronto Rehab
8. Who will be facilitating the program?
Interprofessional Educators from the Baycrest Ontario CLRI will be facilitating the program.
9. How will you select who will get to participate in the program?
We will ensure equitable access to team members and homes. Applications will be reviewed by a panel of Ontario CLRI team members. We encourage you to apply no matter what stage in your career you are at.
10. Can I participate in the SECL if I live outside of Canada/Ontario?
The SECL is only open to employees at Ontario Long-term Care homes.
11. What technology will I be using?
- Personal Computer, laptop or tablet with internet access
If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to contact us:
firstname.lastname@example.org | 1-877-789-0614
The Specialized Educator Certificate in Long-Term Care is offered by the Ontario CLRI at Baycrest.