Career Path Program

The  AADE Career Path Certificate Program for Diabetes Self-Management Education is designed to provide a structure for training and educating healthcare providers involved in delivery of diabetes education and care. The focus of the program is to prepare those new to the field and to support those in the early and mid-stages of their careers. 

The programs are based on practice levels for diabetes educators. These distinct levels are differentiated by educational preparation, credentialing, professional practice regulations, and the clinical practice environment.  There are two distinct paths: the Associate Diabetes Educator, Levels 1 and 2 and the Diabetes Educator, Levels 1 and 2.  Before enrolling in any program, please review the detailed descriptions of each level:   Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.   You do not need to start in the Level 1 programs.  You start in the program track/level based upon your current profession, degree, credentials, and years of experience in diabetes education.  You may only enroll in one program at a time.

About the Programs

  • The content for the each of the programs is based upon the skills and knowledge defined for each diabetes educator practice level in the Competencies for Diabetes Educators: A Companion Document to the Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.
  • The program is online and is self-directed. Program registrants are required to complete specific courses, recorded webinars, and readings.
  • Upon successful completion of all assigned coursework and the program evaluation, a certificate of completion will be mailed to the registrant.
  • Register for the certificate program by purchasing the Level Bundle. After your registration has been processed, all the activities for the program will be in your online learning portal, which can be accessed 24/7.
  • A program syllabus will be with the program activities. Review this syllabus before starting your coursework for the best way to progress through the program activities in a timely manner. 
  • Activities may change over the course of the program due to updates or CE expiration dates for activities. 
  • Work at your own pace, while keeping in mind the deadline for program completion, which varies by program.
  • For those program levels that provide continuing education (CE) units for activities, these are added to your profile as you complete each CE qualifying assignment. Statements of Credit are for individual CE qualifying activities.
  • Upon verification of completion of all required coursework and completion of the program evaluation a Certificate of Program Completion will be mailed to you via United States Postal Service
  • FAQs for the AADE Career Path Certificate Program

 Associate Diabetes Educator Level 1

Applicants have three (3) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and the program evaluation.

Price: $125.00 Member and Non-member

ADE Level 1 Coursework:

Online Course

  • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care (6 modules) (6 hours Pharm Tech CE)

Recorded Webinars (Each webcast is 90 minutes)

  • Eat Less Exercise More: Sounds Easy, So Why Is It So Hard?
  • Obesity Series, Part I: Healthy Eating
  • Obesity Series, Part II: Physical Activity
  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice
  • Addressing Technophobia in Patients and Clinicians

Practice Document Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Community Health Worker
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes and Disabilities
  • Diabetes and Physical Activity
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Healthy Eating: Incorporating Nutritional Management
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes

Register for the Associate Diabetes Educator Level 1  Program 

Associate Diabetes Educator Level 2

Applicants have six (6) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and the program evaluation.

Price: $175.00 Member and Non-member

ADE Level 2 Coursework:

Online Course

  • Fundamentals of Diabetes Care (6 modules) * 6 hours Pharm Tech CE

Recorded Webinars (Each webcast is 90 minutes)

  • Eat Less Exercise More: Sounds Easy, So Why Is It So Hard?
  • Obesity Series, Part I: Healthy Eating
  • Obesity Series, Part II: Physical Activity
  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice
  • Addressing Technophobia in Patients and Clinicians

Core Readings and Assessments:

  • The Diabetes Education Program Management
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Education Process
  • Theoretical and Behavioral Approaches to the Self-Management of Health

Practice Document Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Community Health Worker
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy & Numeracy
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes and Disabilities
  • Diabetes and Physical Activity
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Healthy Eating: Incorporating Nutritional Management
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcomes Measurement of DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

Register for the  Associate Diabetes Educator Level 2  Program

Diabetes Educator Level 1 (Total CE hours = 47)

Applicants have nine (9) months from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework and program evaluation. The continuing education (CEs) credits indicated in the table below are available to nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists who successfully complete the activities. The number of credits are indicated in parentheses following the activity. Upon verification of completion of all required coursework and program evaluation you will receive a Certificate of Completion.

Price: $495 Members and Non-members

Diabetes Educator Level 1 Coursework

Online Courses

  • ABCs of Diabetes Care (6 modules, 9 CEs)
  • Facilitating Behavior Change (4 modules, 6 CEs)

Recorded Webinars (Unless otherwise indicated, each webcast is 90 minutes and 1.5 CEs)

  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice (1.5)
  • A Year in Review and Into the Future (1.5)
  • Diabetes Care Across Healthcare Transitions (1.5) 
  • Reimbursement in Diabetes: Maximize Yours Now (1.5)

Core Readings and Assessments

  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (2) *
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care (3) *
  • Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME): The Art & Science of Disease Management (1.5)
  • Theoretical & Behavioral Approaches to Self-Management of Health (1.5)
  • The Diabetes Self-Management Education Process (1.5)
  • Healthy Eating (1.5)
  • Being Active (1.5)
  • Taking Medications (1.5)
  • Monitoring (1.5)
  • Problem Solving (1.5)
  • Healthy Coping (1.5)
  • Reducing Risks (1.5)
  • Diabetes Education Program Management (1.5)
  • Chronic Complications (1.5)
  • Hyperglycemia (1.5)
  • Pregnancy with Diabetes (1.5)

*Note: Two activities are small books on specific topic and will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service. The assessments for these two activities will be in your online learning portal:

  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care
  • Managing Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Practice Documents Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy
  • CHW Position Statement Sustainable Model for DSME
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy
  • Diabetes & Disabilities
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • Diabetes Educators: Implementing the Chronic Care Model
  • Implementing Chronic Care Model
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Injectable Medication Administration
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Preventing Infection & Injury During Blood Glucose Monitoring & Injectable Medication Administration
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcome Measures for DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

Register for the  Diabetes Educator Level 1 Program

Diabetes Educator Level 2 (Total CE hours = 62.5)

Applicants have one (1) year from the date of program registration to complete all the coursework, exam and submit the required professional license and practice hour information. The continuing education (CEs) credits indicated in the table below are available to nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists who successfully complete the activities.

Price: $895.00 Members and Non-members

Diabetes Educator Level 2 Coursework

Online Courses

  • Core Concepts Course Online (8 sessions, 22 CEs) *
  • Facilitating Behavior Change (4 modules, 6 CEs)
  • DSME Reimbursement: Essentials (4 modules, 3 CEs)
  • DSME Program Management (5 modules, 6 CEs)
  • Insulin Pumps (6 modules, 7 CEs)

*Note on Core Online Course: All Level 2 applicants will be assigned to the next upcoming online session of the Core Concepts Course, which starts in July 2015. Please note, this is an instructor - facilitated online course that begins on a specific date and runs for 9 consecutive weeks. Click here for more details about the online Core Concepts Course (CCC), but DO NOT register for the CCC Online separately. When you register for the Level 2 program, the next upcoming session date will be included in your bundle.  The Art & Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference. 3rd Edition, is the required book for the program and IS NOT included in the bundle.  Click here if you need to purchase the Desk Reference, 3rd Edition.  

 When checking out in the shopping cart: You will see a registration page for the assigned Core Concepts Online. You must select:

  • Registrant Type
  • Preregistered

For those Level 2 registrants who successfully completed the live CCC any time between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2014, you will be able to upload a copy of your Statement of Credit from the live course to receive credit for the course in the Level 2 program. You will not need to repeat the CCC Online course. This applies only to individuals having successfully completed the live version of the course in the time-frame indicated above.

Recorded Webinars (Unless otherwise indicated, each webcast is 90 minutes and 1.5 CEs)

  • Management of Type 2 Diabetes with Comorbid Obesity (1.5)
  • Medication-Related Weight Gain in Diabetes (1.5)
  • SGLT2 Inhibitors - A New Class of Diabetes Medication (1.5)
  • Inpatient Glycemic Management: Strategies that Succeed (1.5)
  • Guidelines for Medication Management of Type 2 Diabetes (1.5)
  • The People’s Choice: Matching T2DM Therapy to Give Patients What They Want and What They Need (1.5)
  • Applying the Essentials of Health Literacy to Your Practice (1.5)
  • ADA Clinical Guidelines 2015 (1.5)
  • Diabetes Comorbidities (1.5)

Core Readings

  • Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome (2) **
  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care (3) **

**Note: Two activities are small books on specific topic and will be mailed to you via U.S. Postal Service. The assessments for these two activities will be in your online learning portal:

  • Managing Diabetes: Senior Care
  • Managing Prediabetes and Metabolic Syndrome

Practice Document Readings

  • AADE7 Self-Care Behavior™ Framework
  • Blood Glucose Meter Accuracy
  • CHW Position Statement Sustainable Model for DSME
  • Competencies for Diabetes Educators
  • Continuous Subcutaneous Insulin Infusion (CSII)
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Communicating Effectively with Patients: The Importance of Addressing Health Literacy and Numeracy
  • Cultural Sensitivity and Diabetes Education
  • Diabetes & Disabilities
  • Diabetes Educator Practice Levels
  • Diabetes Education & Public Health
  • Diabetes Educators: Implementing the Chronic Care Model
  • Implementing Chronic Care Model
  • Individualization of DSME
  • Injectable Medication Administration
  • National Standards for DSME&S
  • Obesity and Diabetes
  • Preventing Infection & Injury During Blood Glucose Monitoring & Injectable Medication Administration
  • Special Considerations in the DSME of Older Persons with Diabetes
  • Standards for Outcome Measures for DSME
  • Strategies for Insulin Injection Therapy in Diabetes Self-Management
  • Teaching Injection Technique to People with Diabetes
  • Technical Review of Outcomes Measurement of DSME
  • Weight Loss Medications

Register for the  Diabetes Educator Level 2 Certificate Program

FAQs

Q: Who can apply for this program?
A: Anyone who meets the eligibility requirements as described in the Diabetes Educator Practice Levels.

Q: Are all the courses and activities online?
A: Yes. All courses are offered online. There are no in-person requirements for this program.  For the Diabetes Educator Level 1 and 2 programs, there are two booklets that will be mailed to you upon registration.  The post-tests for these books are online.

Q: How much time do the courses require?
A: The courses vary in length. The modules and continuing education (CE) credit hours, if applicable, are indicated next to the title of each course. For courses with CE, assume the number of hours required to complete the course equals the number of CE hours. Unless otherwise indicated, all of the recorded webinars are 90 minutes. The readings vary in length from a few pages to 50 pages.

Q: Can I work at my own pace?
A: Yes, except for the DE Level 2, Core Concepts Course, you may work at your own pace, keeping in mind the completion date for all activities. The Core Concepts Course, a requirement for the Level 2 DE program, is an instructor-facilitated course that begins at specific weeks, and runs for 9 weeks. Work for each session must be completed within the designated session week, but there are no required days/times during the week when you must be available. You work within your own schedule each week.

Q: What is the best way to proceed working through the activities?
A: A syllabus for your program will be uploaded into your learning portal. The syllabus outlines the sequence for completing course activities.

Q: I registered for a program and when I checked my activities in my learning portal, some of the links indicated that some of the activities would be available later. What does this mean and how does that affect my progress in my program?
A: Some activities are in development and will be available later in the year. As soon as the activities are available, they will be made live in your learning portal and you will receive an email telling you that the activity is in your portal. All activities should be available within the time-frames for program completion. Should there be any delay in producing these activities, all program registrants will be provided with an automatic extension in their program to allow time to complete the requirements.

Q: I have already received taken a course, recorded webinar, or reading that is included in my program bundle. Do I need to repeat the activity? Will I be able to receive CE credit (if applicable) again?
A: You do not need to repeat any activity that you have already completed. When you check the status of your activities, you will see that activity listed a "Completed". You may certainly repeat an activity in order to review the information. However, you will not receive additional CE credit.

Q: Can I stop the program prior to completion and restart it after the date of my original completion has passed?
A: No. All programs can be completed in less time than has been allotted. We strongly encourage you to review the number of activities for the program, note the length of time needed for the various activities, and assess that against the amount go time you can devote to the program over time provided.

Q: Are there bulk discounts available for more than one registrant from the same organization?
A: No. Each certificate program provides a training and continuing education at an already significantly reduced rate.

Q: What can I do with this certificate?
A: The certificate program can supplement your present career or help you to begin a new one in diabetes education. The certificate provides recognition for your continuing education efforts and demonstrates your initiative in acquiring additional training in diabetes self-management education. For those who qualify, the CEUs from the program apply to CDE exam prerequisites and help to prepare you for the exam. The certificate program can be used to set minimum training standards for DSME program staff.

Q: What is the difference between a certificate program and a certification program?
A: A certificate program provides training in a specific body of knowledge and/or skill-set. Successful completion of a certificate program provides a certificate of completion, not a credential.  A certificate program generally does not require renewal or CE to maintain the certificate.  A certification program generally requires passing an examination following the coursework.  Usually, a credential is earned and must be renewed through renewal examinations and/or meeting specific CE requirements. The AADE Career Path is a certificate program, not a certification program. 

Q: Does this program offer CE that can be counted toward my professional license renewal?
A: Continuing education (CE) is available for all of the courses, recorded webinars and some readings for nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists. These CEs may be counted toward the professional license renewals of nurses, dietitians, and pharmacists.  The Fundamentals course in in the two Associate level programs provides CEs for pharmacy technicians.

Q: Can I progress from one level to the next?
A: There are specific requirements for degrees / professions, diabetes education, and years of practice in diabetes education. To move from one certificate level to the next, you would need to meet all the requirements of the specific level prior to enrolling in the certificate program for that level.

Q: What are the major competencies addressed by the certificate program?
A: The major areas of competencies provide a master list of the knowledge and skills needed across the continuum of care for the various levels of practice, from novice to clinical expert. Additionally, these objectives provide a basis for education, training, development, and performance appraisal of those engaged in diabetes education. These components are clustered into five main domains, and within each domain, the competency is defined and specific objectives are identified.

  • Domain I: Pathophysiology, Epidemiology, and Clinical Guidelines of Diabetes
    This domain addresses the competencies needed for individuals to demonstrate familiarity with pathophysiology, epidemiology, and clinical guidelines consistent with diabetes care provider level.
  • Domain II: Culturally Competent Supportive Care Across the Lifespan
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to provide diabetes support and care in a culturally competent manner across the lifespan.
  • Domain III: Teaching and Learning Skills
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to apply principles of teaching and learning and/or behavior change to facilitate self-management skills of individuals with diabetes.
  • Domain IV: Self-Management Education
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to work with an interdisciplinary diabetes care team to tailor interventions to individual patient self-management education needs.
  • Domain V: Program and Business Management
    This domain addresses the competencies needed to apply principles of program and/or business management to create a climate that supports successful self-management of diabetes.

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