Museum professional training
programs promote a cohesive view of museums as complex organizations, how and
where they fit into the larger cultural landscape, and the educational and
economic role that they play in society.The education of
museum professionals must enable them to meet current challenges and anticipate
future needs of very complex organizations subject to ongoing, rapid change.
The membership of the Committee
on Museum Professional Training (COMPT) is comprised largely of
academic programs, independent training providers and interested museum
are not a "one size fits all" and are meant to be aspired to and
adapted by the broad range of member programs.
The Committee on Museum
Professional Training has developed this document to serve many purposes:
Function as guidelines for members of the community of museum professional
educators, learners, and professionals in the field.
Recognize common responsibilities and objectives.
Identify appropriate content, teaching methodologies, measures for outcomes and
adaptable to a variety of learning programs.
COMPT's Standards and Best
Practices Guidelines are not fixed, but are reassessed and revised as needs and
• Provide excellent education
and training of museum professionals that melds the theoretical with the
• Develop leadership
abilities and initiative, while stressing the importance of teamwork within and
outside of the institution.
• Integrate respect and
appreciation for cultural diversity and diverse opinions into the fabric of
curriculum content and structure.
• Stress the importance of
advocacy within the profession, with the public, and with policy makers.
• Disseminate research
through publication and professional practice.
• Acknowledge the value of
museum traditions while teaching innovation and creative problem-solving.
• Foster communication and
exchange with the museum community and with external audiences.
• Promote ethical and
professional behavior in museum practice and all aspects of the field.
• Transmission of both
theoretical and practical in-depth knowledge of museums, an understanding of
the role of museums, knowledge of best museum professional practices, and the
creation of lifelong learning goals.
• Curriculum that reflects
and responds to current and emergent needs in museums and their communities,
including the challenges of new technologies.
• Rigorous standards of
scholarship that emphasize the importance of theory and critical analysis.
• Insight into the complex
interdependence of professional specializations of the museum field as well as
external forces that shape relevant job skills and responsibilities.
• Recognition and
understanding of multiple perspectives and the benefits of collaboration and
• Leadership and management
training integrated into the curriculum.
• Opportunities for civic engagement
and a commitment to serving the public.
• Directed internships,
practicums, or fieldwork developed and sustained, that provide essential
experience and contacts as appropriate to the pedagogy of the program.
• Teaching competencies that
enable learners to be competitive in the job market and empower them to
implement effective career planning and development.
Program Instructors and Instructional Approaches
• Significant experience in
the field and active engagement in the network of museum professionals.
• Ability to teach in varied
learning environments and respond to the needs of diverse learners.
• Expertise in relevant
tools, technology, resources and education pedagogy.
• Knowledge of past and
current museum literature and related sources and materials.
• Instructional approaches
that emphasize research, analytical, and communication skills.
• Pedagogy that fosters
creative, critical, contextual thinking and ethical practice.
• Responsibility to develop
and/or contribute to innovative teaching methods.
• Practice and encourage
respect for high professional standards and workplace behavior.
• Demonstrate the ability to
deliver and evaluate promised content, pedagogy and outcomes.
• Provide access to
appropriate resources to deliver stated curriculum.
• Provide transparency in
program goals, content, requirements, qualifications, standards of evaluation,
and outcomes for learners.
• Maintain knowledge of
current and emerging issues in order to achieve program currency and relevancy
and reflect best practices in the field.
• Develop and implement
methods of qualitative assessment.
• Clearly communicate market
realities, demands, and compensation.
• Create and sustain a
climate of mutual respect that will encourage the free exchange of ideas.
• Further the development of
the field of museums and museum training through research, professional
participation, and advocacy.
• Mentor and assist learners
in the ongoing pursuit of their professional goals and maintain alumni