The Pathways Learning Experience is the Toastmasters main education program. This program offers many benefits including:
- Learning paths tailored to personal and professional goals and relevant to an evolving global marketplace
- Technological resources to aid in the development of speeches and support meeting roles
- Mobile access to some educational materials (smartphones and tablets)
- Video and digital content to facilitate learning among our global community of members
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The Pathways Learning Experience is an experiential learning program through which members develop robust skills in the core competencies of the program, which are:
• Public speaking
• Interpersonal communication
• Leading and managing
• Leading strategically
• Building confidence
There are ten possible paths for learning:
• Motivation Strategies: Build motivational leadership and communication skills
• Presentation Mastery: Build public speaking skills
• Leadership Development: Build communication and leadership skills
• Innovative Planning: Build creative project management and communication skills
• Visionary Communication: Build innovative communication and leadership skills
• Strategic Relationships: Build networking, leadership and communication skills
• Dynamic Leadership: Build strategic leadership and conflict resolution skills
• Persuasive Influence: Build skills to lead in complex situations
• Effective Coaching: Build interpersonal communication, leadership and coaching skills
• Team Collaboration: Build collaborative leadership skills
Each path is a unique blend of the five core competencies. Members select a path based on their personal or professional goals and work sequentially through the 14 projects in a path to become “Proficient.”
Individual learning paths have five levels, each increasing in complexity. Each level contains 2-3 projects. The levels are:
- Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
- Level 2: Learning Your Style
- Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
- Level 4: Building Skills
- Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
For example, to complete Level 3, a member needs to have met all the project requirements and to have served in three specific meeting roles: Toastmaster, Speech Evaluator, and Topics Master. The speech evaluation from Level 1 Project 2 does count towards fulfilling this requirement.
Members are rewarded for progress through the levels of each path with level completion certificates and virtual badges. Ribbons are available from Toastmasters International for purchase.
The recognition that appears with a member’s name is the most recent path and level they have completed. When a member completes Level 2 of Effective Coaching, for instance, their credentials display as EC2. Only one credential appears next to a member’s name at any time. It will be for the most recently completed level of a path.
Upon completion of a path, a member is recognized as “Proficient” in that learning path. For example, upon completion of Level 5 of Presentation Mastery, a member is recognized as “Presentation Mastery Proficient.”
Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
The DTM is the highest individual honor a member can achieve in the Toastmasters program and requires completion of two learning paths as well as additional leadership projects. Once a member achieves DTM, that credential always displays next to their name.
Pathway to Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM)
The requirements to achieve Distinguished Toastmaster are:
• Completion of two different learning paths
• Serve as club officer for 12 months
• Serve as Club Mentor or Club Coach
• Serve as Club Sponsor or conduct Speechcraft or Youth Leadership Program
• Serve as district officer for one year
• Complete capstone DTM project
Upon completion of the DTM requirements the member will be officially recognized by Toastmasters International.
Read more about achievement and awards on the Toastmasters International website (website).
Selecting a path
To select a path, members should take the Learning Assessment. To access the assessment, login to Toastmasters International, then navigate to “Pathways/Take the assessment.”
For prospective members curious about the paths and projects, Toastmasters has created useful resources for the general public to preview the curriculum. Links to these resources are listed on the Pathways Resources page.
The Pathways Learning Experience education program was developed by Toastmasters International. It launched in 2017 and replaces what is now called the Traditional Communication and Leadership program. Pathways was introduced throughout the world in a phased rollout spanning 2017-2018. Because it takes members several years to work through the program, the new education program and traditional program will run concurrently through June 30, 2020 in order to allow existing members to meet their education goals.
Photo: Traditional program manuals
You can also find more details about Pathways at toastmasters.org/Pathways