Competency based education (CBE), or competency-based learning, is a teaching and learning model where students are evaluated based on mastery of a skill or competency. As a result, the pace of learning is much more individualized. It can even be dramatically accelerated.
CBE vs. Traditional Model
In many traditional learning models, the time spent in class is fixed (such as a semester) and a student’s mastery of a skill or subject is variable (based on an end-of-term assessment, for example). In competency-based models, the opposite is true; mastery is fixed (all students succeed) and time spent learning is variable.