The National Dropout Prevention Center (NDPC) is pleased to offer the National Dropout Prevention Specialist (NDPS) certification program for educators and at-risk youth workers. The certification verifies knowledge and expertise in at-risk youth issues and strategies for raising graduation rates. The NDPS certification program is founded on NDPC’s research-based effective strategies, known youth risk factors, professional learning participation, and field implementation of acquired knowledge.
NDPS participants must either:
NDPS participants must:
Participants must meet the professional learning requirement of addressing 12 or more of the different research-based effective strategies. This can be met through both:
Professional learning costs such as event registration, travel, and online professional development courses are the responsibility of the program participant.
Submit and share a field project
NDPS certificate holders will:
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The NDPS professional learning requirement can be met by attending NDPC conference event sessions sufficient to address 12 or more different research-based effective strategies. Participants may self-select from identified event sessions offered at selected NDPC training events, such as the annual National Dropout Prevention Conference, the annual At-Risk Youth National FORUM, or the annual National Forum on Dropout Prevention. NDPC event sessions are coded to applicable effective strategies to facilitate easy selection by NDPS participants. Professional learning costs such as event registration, travel, and online professional development courses are the responsibility of the participant.
The NDPS field project requirement is met by submission of a Field Project Report, which will be shared worldwide with other practitioners via the NDPC website.
Upon program admission, participants will receive detailed instructions for professional learning participation, field project completion, and program completion.
National Dropout Prevention Specialist Requirements [pdf]
National Dropout Prevention Specialist Benefits [pdf]
NDPC 15 Effective Strategies for Dropout Prevention
To learn more about the field project requirement, check out this video presentation and accompanying PowerPoint.
Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists complete a professional learning program founded in the Center’s 15 Effective Dropout Prevention Strategies, document their experience by completion of a job-embedded field project, and serve as a national resource for others who work with at-risk youth.
Meet the Certified Dropout Prevention Specialists, and access their Field Project Reports.