EEC Professional Certification

Optional director certification now open in Northeast

EEC Professional Qualifications Certification Unit

The Details of EEC Professional Certification

Overview for EEC Professional Certification

Starting July 10, 2023, EEC opened an optional certification for Early Education and Care Directors, which is now available in the Northeast, Southeast & Cape, Western and Central Massachusetts regions.

Further regions and educational positions will be added over time. Check back frequently for updates.

Any Director hired under the hiring requirements who does not meet the certification requirements should continue to assume their current position while working towards the certification requirements.   

EEC’s hiring requirements remain in place.

Director Eligibility & Application Process for EEC Professional Certification

Director certification eligibility is based on educational degree(s), coursework and work experience. “Eligibility” means who meets and does not meet the director level certification.

Director level eligibility requirements. 

What do I need to submit with my application?

In addition to your application, you will need to provide certain documents to verify your eligibility. This includes: 

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  • Your official college transcript (that shows college/university name and registrar's signature)
  • Copy of your degree if it’s not on your official transcript
  • A copy of your license if you hold a Pre-K - 2, Pre-K - 3 license from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)
  • Your original Child Development Associate (CDA), Montessori Certificate, or Early Intervention Specialist Certificate (Department of Public Health)
  • Your original course certificates that show that your training was approved for continuing education units (CEUs)
    • Professional Development Points or workshop attendance verification are not substitutes for CEUs and won’t be accepted

Need help completing the online application?

Watch EEC's tutorial video

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How to apply EEC Professional Certification

Apply online at


Need help completing the online application? Watch EEC's tutorial video

Email the completed application packet to with the subject line “Submission of EEC Application for Certification."

Get a decision for EEC Professional Certification

You will receive your certification via email from EEC if your application is complete and you qualify for the Professional Qualifications certification.

If your information is not completed or you don’t qualify, you will receive a letter from EEC via email explaining why you aren’t receiving a certificate.

Drop In Sessions for EEC Professional Certification

EEC's Teacher Qualifications unit will provide help via Zoom on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month from alternating between 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM and 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM. 

Educators do not need to register in advance and may attend anytime they need assistance.

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Contact for EEC Professional Certification

EEC Professional Qualifications Certification Unit
50 Milk Street, 14th Floor, Boston, MA 02109-5002
(617) 988-2451

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