There is a rising trend nationwide of competency-based education, which requires mastering a subject for advancement — no matter the time it takes to do so. Schools aim to increase scheduling flexibility compared with traditional standards, like credit hours.
Students move at their own pace, can personalize their course of study and save money using blended learning techniques like online and in-person instruction.
Competency-based education is the idea of education students for content mastery without specific time requirements, like semesters:
- Competency-based education targets the needs of non-traditional students.
- UNC's School of Medicine has a similar program for its medical curriculum.
“Competency-based education makes sense,” said Dr. Julie Byerley, vice dean for education at the UNC School of Medicine. “You describe an outcome that you want the learners to achieve. When (they) achieve that outcome, they can be done with their education.”
The School of Medicine incorporates competency-based learning into its medical curriculum with seven goals for proficiency that students must achieve, Byerley said.