DERS Training and Certification

11 modules



Course Length
6 hours

Katie Grabowski

12 Sep 2019



DERS training is a 6-hour online asynchronous course that prepares you to use the DERS app (available on iPad only) effectively as a tool for classroom observation and continuous improvement. Participants will learn to identify, evaluate, and record classroom indicators which support development.


You may begin this course upon enrollment; users will have 60 days to complete the training and certification process. If after 60 days you have not completed the course, you will need to start again at the beginning. Your DERS subscription will begin on the first of the month following enrollment and will expire 356 days from that date. If you do not complete training within that year, you will need to re-enroll in the DERS training. Annual recertification through our DERS Recertification course, currently priced at $110, is required to maintain your subscription.


The training includes ten modules, which learners complete with the support of a DERS trainer.

1) Opening Activity: Observation

2) What and Why: Measuring What Matters

3) Using the App

4) Training Score Report Submission

5) DERS Quiz

6) Guided Practice 

7) OPTIONAL Practice Observation

8) Certification Task 

9) DERS and Coaching

10) Closing Reflection


Upon completion, DERS Observers will receive a one-year DERS Subscription and a DERS Observer Certificate.


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Paying by invoice or check: We accept payment via most credit cards. To request an invoice, use this form. You will not be registered until your invoice is paid. Once your invoice has been paid, we will enter your registration and confirm via email. For questions about payment, contact



Learning Objectives: Users will be able to

1) Explain the research behind the DERS,

2) Orient how to work the tool on an iPad, and

3) Complete a series of video observations. 



By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate DERS Certification

General Information and Important Dates
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Opening Activity: Observation (30 minutes)
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What and Why: Measuring What Matters (80 minutes)
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Using the DERS App (75 minutes)
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Training Score Report Submission (5 minutes)
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DERS Quiz (5 minutes)
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Guided Practice (60 minutes)
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OPTIONAL Practice Observation (45 minutes)
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Certification Task: Video Rating (45 minutes)
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DERS and Coaching (15 minutes)
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Closing Reflection (5 minutes)
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Added over 1 year ago, by Anonymous
I learned a lot from the course - DERS and MEFS. It will surely help me in my work with the children.
Added about 2 years ago, by Erin
This was very useful and interactive
Added about 2 years ago, by Elizabeth
Added about 2 years ago, by Martin
Revolutionary tool.
Added about 2 years ago, by Séverine
Great course! People available to answer questions. Thanks!
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
so great
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous

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