LifeMap Certification

LifeMap Certification is designed to support all faculty members, full-time and part-time, as they expand their knowledge and integration of LifeMap and College Success Skills with the goal of enhanced student learning. To attain this certification, faculty will complete 32 hours of foundational courses and 4 hours of electives.

LifeMap: Essential Competency of a Valencia Educator

Valencia educators will design learning opportunities that promote student life skills development while enhancing discipline learning. Through intentional inclusion of growth-promoting strategies, faculty will facilitate the students' gradual assumption of responsibility for making informed decisions and formulating and executing their educational, career, and life plans.

In demonstration of this Essential Competency, the faculty member will:

  • establish student & faculty contact that contributes to students' academic, personal, and professional growth
  • employ digital tools to aid student contact (e.g., A teaching-learning-academy's, MyPortfolio, Blackboard, Ask-A-Librarian, email, etc.)
  • seek out struggling students and identify options through dialog and appropriate referrals
  • help students assume responsibility for making informed academic decisions (e.g., degree requirements, transfer options, financial aid, etc.)
  • guide students in developing academic behaviors for college success (e.g., time management, study, test and note taking strategies, etc.)
  • help students identify academic behaviors that can be adapted as life skills (e.g., library search skills, decision-making, communication skills, scientific understanding, etc.)
  • assist students in clarifying and developing purpose (attention to life, career, education goals)

Certification Outcomes

  • Faculty members will apply the principles of LifeMap, one of the Essential Competencies of a Valencia Educator, to improve their practice.
  • Faculty members will integrate LifeMap and College Success Skills into their current practice.
  • Faculty members will engage in continuous improvement processes, through the completion of an infusion project, with the goal of enhanced student learning.
  • Faculty members will develop professional relationships throughout the division, campus, and college.
  • Faculty members will contribute to an evolving community of peers focused on reflection, innovation, and enhanced student learning.

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Certification Planning Document

The planning document provides a list of required and optional courses which can be used to plan your certification or program. It is available as a printer-friendly fillable PDF.

Foundational Courses (32 Hours)

*The Foundational Courses must be taken in a specific sequence and have required prerequisites. Participants will take the required foundational courses as a cohort. Please refer to the cohort schedule above.

To begin the certification you must register for the Fundamentals of LifeMap course first. By registering for that course you are confirming your intent to participate in the selected cohort. You will be manually registered for the remaining courses by the faculty development staff.

1. LFMP3339 Fundamentals of LifeMap (Previously LFMP3340 and LFMP3341)6 PD Hours

LifeMap is Valencia's name for a developmental advising system designed to increase students' social and academic integration, development of education and career plans, and the acquisition of study and life skills. LifeMap describes the ideal progression of a student in a five-stage model. This course provides the LifeMap conceptual framework including an in-depth review of the developmental theories on which LifeMap was created. In addition, the course will focus on the learner-centered advising strategies utilizing LifeMap concepts and tools. NOTE: This course is required for the LifeMap Certification program and must be taken first in the series of required courses. Participants will take the required courses as a cohort.

2. LFMP3344 Infusing College Success Skills6 PD Hours

Faculty from all disciplines who are committed to enhancing student learning will benefit from this interactive, project-based course. Participants will develop the knowledge and strategies to effectively infuse college success skills into student- learning experiences and will view examples from Valencia experts who successfully infuse these strategies. Note: This course is required for the LifeMap Certification program. Participants will take the required courses as a cohort. Please refer to the cohort schedule below.

3. LFMP3346 LifeMap Certificate Capstone20 PD Hours

This LifeMap Certificate Capstone course is designed as the last course within the LifeMap Certification Program and involves the completion of a LifeMap Infusion Project. Participants will be asked to integrate what they learned about the LifeMap model, developmental advising, LifeMap Tools, and LifeMap College Success Skills into a learning opportunity for one of their courses. Participants will study LifeMap infusion examples and develop learning outcomes and assessments for their own discipline. The faculty will implement the project and assess results during the current term (participants must be teaching in the term registered for this course). Each faculty member will share the project and the results in implementation and student learning. Participants will take the required courses as a cohort. Please refer to the cohort schedule below.
Note: This course is required for the LifeMap Certification Program . Participants must successfully complete the following required prerequisites prior to enrolling in this course: Fundamentals of LifeMap (LFMP3339, previously LFMP3340 and LFMP3341), Infusing College Success Skills (LFMP3344) and a minimum of 4 hours of LifeMap electives coursework.

Electives (a minimum of 4 Hours)

INDV3259 LinC: Integrating a High Impact Practice (prev. INDV3257/3258)20 PD Hours

Learning communities are regarded as a high impact educational practice that has shown to be beneficial to college students from many backgrounds. This course will review the foundation of Valencia's LinC initiative, along with providing the necessary guidelines and strategies to build community in the classroom and implement integrated learning with two or more joined courses. The course will help you design a joint syllabus with a faculty partner from another discipline and partner with a Success Coach to support student learning. Successful completion of this course is required to teach a LinC course. NOTE: This is an elective course in the Seneff and LifeMap Certification programs.

Please contact Robyn Brighton for more information.

LCTS1117 Reading and Writing: Strategies for YOUR Course20 PD Hours

This online course focuses on practical strategies and techniques to enhance students' reading and writing skills in any course. Participants will develop and revise a plan for implementation of these strategies. NOTE: This is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.

LFMP1151 Reading Circle (topics vary from year to year)Variable PD Hours

A reading circle discussion of a selected text on LifeMap. Participants will be expected to engage with the text and with each other, as well as being willing to try new techniques with their students and report back to the discussion about their results. (Variable credits; course may be repeated for credit.) NOTE: This is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program and the Seneff Certification program.

LFMP3348 LifeMap Early Alert and Intervention10 PD Hours

Faculty will learn about Valencia's early approach, which focuses on student and faculty interactions. The course will improve student learning by developing faculty sensitivity to academic and non-academic needs within their classes. Faculty will learn various resources available to support their students' needs. They will have the opportunity to develop early alert strategies, faculty will be better equipped to develop responsive approaches to learning within their classes.

*Please be aware this course was redesigned in 2017 from a 20 PD Hybrid course to a 10 PD Online course. This is an elective in the LifeMap Certification.

LFMP3345 Learning Support Services on Your Campus4 PD Hours

This course is designed to help participants learn more about campus Learning Support Services available to students. This course will benefit faculty members from all disciplines. NOTE: This is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.

LFMP3349 Recognizing and Supporting Students in Distress 4 PD Hours

Students are faced with many challenges such as balancing academics, work, and personal life. This course focuses on identifying warning signs of students experiencing emotional distress and understanding best practices for providing support and referrals. In addition, faculty will learn about the related resources/services helpful to distressed students such as BayCare and Valencia’s counselors. Participants will engage in discussions in order to better understand how to help students in distress and when to make an appropriate referral. These conversations may include student experiences related to self-harm, abuse, suicide, violence, post-traumatic stress and mental health. NOTE: This is an elective in the LifeMap Certification.

LFMP3350 LifeMap Toolbox to Enhance Student Learning 4 PD Hours

This course will review the LifeMap tools and resources available to support students in completing their career and educational goals. Participants will determine and explore potential uses and design an activity which integrates one of the LifeMap tools. NOTE: This is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.

LFMP2350 Maximizing Student Engagement Hours4 PD Hours

This course gives faculty an opportunity to reflect on what's working during their student engagement hours, to learn and share innovative strategies with one another, and to create an intentional plan for communicating opportunities for engagement with students.

*This course is intended for faculty who hold student engagement hours.

LOBP3230 Thinking Things Through: Critical Thinking Theory and Practice10 PD Hours

Over 2 two-hour meetings, participants will discuss and apply the concepts of Paul and Elder's critical thinking model outlined in Gerald Nosich's book Learning to Think Things Through: A Guide to Critical Thinking Across the Disciplines. The text offers both a practical model that can be applied to any discipline as well as exercises and activities for teaching students how to think more critically. Each participant will receive a copy of the book after registering. In registering for this course, you are committing to attend two meetings, read the book, and integrate the model into one activity/lesson in your class. NOTE: This is an elective course in the LifeMap Certification program.

LFMP3380 Student Mentoring Toolbox 10 PD Hours

This course is designed to equip faculty mentoring AA students with the knowledge, resources, and tools to guide those students as they navigate two of the biggest decisions they face in their lives: their career path and educational path. The college recognizes the unique perspective and opportunities faculty have to mentor students, both inside and outside of the classroom. This course will provide foundational knowledge for you to engage with students as they navigate through these tough life decisions, and enable faculty to access and use the college’s alert and referral tool.

Please note: This is a required course for consideration to serve as a faculty mentor for your discipline. Dean approval will be required to be appointed to the role.

Please note: The following courses are no longer offered but still qualify as electives for the LifeMap Certification if you have taken them in a previous PD year - INDV2252 Introduction to StrengthsQuest, INDV2221 Impacting Student Motivation, LCTS3215 Step by Step: Faculty Development for SLS 1122, LCTS7111 Introduction to the New Student Experience, LCTS3216 Supplemental Learning to Enhance Student Learning, LCTS3217 College Survivals Skills: Faculty Development for SLS 1101, and LCTS3218 Personal Development: Faculty Development for SLS 1201.