For health professionals interested in certification in diabetes education, there are currently two options: (1) the certified diabetes educator (CDE), and (2) the board certified-advanced diabetes manager (BC-ADM). At the present time, the certification examination for the CDE is administered by the National Certification Board for Diabetes Educators. In order to be eligible to sit for the examination, a minimum of 1000 hours of employment experience as a diabetes educator within the last four years and several other requirements must be met (see www.ncbde.org). The certification examination for the BC-ADM is administered by the American Association of Diabetes Educators (see eligibility requirements at: http://www.diabeteseducator.org/ProfessionalResources/Certification/BC-ADM/).
At the present time the Teachers College Diabetes Education and Management Program provides academic preparation for the certification examination, but does not offer a practicum that meets the practice requirements for the CDE examination. Students already employed in diabetes education should be able to meet those requirements. Faculty in the program will attempt to help students who are not employed in diabetes education identify settings and mentors in their geographical areas that would help them meet this requirement. However, Teachers College does not guarantee that such practice settings will be available for all students.