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 collaboration with peers.
Registration for the third round of Level One is now closed.
Core skills and competencies, adult learning, education and innovative teaching strategies.
Level Two – Intermediate
Practice and application of foundational skills and competencies.
Level Three – 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 that directly applies to your role
Grow your professional network
- Get connected to a community of learners
- 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.
1. 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 weekly between April 4, 2023 and April 18, 2023 and bi-weekly between April 18, 2023 and June 27, 2023.
- Are able to commit up to two hours of weekly serious gamified learning 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?
The learning format has two parts:
- Synchronous virtual group sessions with an Ontario CLRI facilitator
- Asynchronous simulation and case-based inquiry in LIPHA, a serious educational game
6. What is the overall time commitment for the SECL program?
The program runs for 12 weeks and is equivalent to 4 business days
- Synchronous sessions: 12 hrs total
- 1 x 90 minute game orientation session
- 7 x 90 minute sessions
- Asynchronous serious educational game participation: Approximately 18 hrs. total
- 1.5 hrs. of game play per week
7. What time of the day will synchronous sessions take place?
There will be a morning (10:30 – 12:00 pm) and an afternoon session (3:30 -5:00 pm). When submitting your application please indicate your preference based on your availability.
8. What is a Serious Educational Game?
Serious educational games have benefits based on neuroscience, emotional design and learning science and use game structures and mechanics to achieve desired learning objectives. Through the LIPHA serious educational game, simulated cases and real scenarios are incorporated to create a cohesive and engaging learning experience.
9. What is LIPHA?
A software application that integrates simulation and case-based inquiry grounded in a serious educational game and digital open world learning. Accepted applicants will receive access to this platform, and be shown how to use it during Session 1. You will complete case scenarios in the game and will find all the resources used during Level 1 on this platform, including: session recordings, tools, readings etc. More information on the app can be found here.
10. 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
11. Who will be facilitating the program?
Interprofessional Educators from the Baycrest Ontario CLRI will be facilitating the program.
12. 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.
13. 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.
14. 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.