Competencies for Diabetes Educators

Competencies for Diabetes Educators: A Companion Document to the Guidelines for the Practice of Diabetes Education provides 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 all clinicians 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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The Competencies for Diabetes Educators supports the AADE Practice Guidelines, which delineates the roles and responsibilities of individuals involved in the facilitation and delivery of diabetes education and care.