Is there any difference between 'proficient' , 'competent' and 'accomplished' in 'when I grow into a proficient educator'?

What I'd like to express here is that 'when I grow into a good educator'


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There is a value difference between competent and proficient: While both refer to knowing a skill, competency can refer to the bare minimum required for acceptability. Proficiency carries with it a level of mastery that is above the minimum.

"Competent" lives in an either/or framework . One is either competent or incompetent. Proficiency continues: "I am gaining proficiency in reading".

One can be competent without being spectacular, but continues to grow in his or her proficiency.

Accomplished refers to having a successful track record of achievements.


When you become proficient in something, you will then be competent and will be able to accomplish many things.

Proficient is being able to use a skill
Competent is knowing a skill
Accomplished is having achieved a high standard ing a skill

That musician is competent and proficient but not yet accomplished.

Competency for educators is usually in some form of certification.
Student can review the proficiency of their professors on various websites these days.
Professors are considered accomplished if they can publish significant research papers.

One can grow into larger clothing or a bigger role, but one becomes a good educator.

  • so 'become' is apt in this context, right? It's just I've already used this word in my essay, so I was looking for alternatives. And I thought 'grow into' is similar to 'become' since they both indicate the process
    – Iris Gao
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:06
  • "As I grow to become a good/proficient/useful educator", might be a good transition depending on how you used become earlier. Or "once I've achieved my certification" might work. These both point int he same direction.
    – Peter
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:14
  • May I ask that will the word 'develop into' fit here?
    – Iris Gao
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:34
  • Yes, that would be good
    – Peter
    Dec 30, 2015 at 12:36

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