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The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) offers certification for six (6) types of professional qualifications:
In order to obtain EEC Professional Qualifications Certification, you will need:
Your official transcript, the copy of your degree, or the copy of your diploma must show the date that you got your degree. We will return all original certificates. Please keep a copy of your complete application packet for your records.
Other courses may substitute for Child Growth and Development. You can view the Professional Qualifications Course Catalog to determine if they align with the requirements. Please send your course description and transcript to us if you think the course fulfills the requirement.
If you do not meet the course requirement, you can substitute it with a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or:
Work experience requirements:
Work experience in a mixed toddler/preschool group counts towards both infant-toddler and preschool certification. A practicum substitutes for 9 months of work experience. You must have an official transcript from the practicum and a practicum verification form signed by your college supervisor.
How the length of work experience is calculated:
If you don’t meet the work experience requirements, you can substitute them with:
Education requirements (Infant-toddler):
Education requirements (preschool):
If you want to apply for both the Infant-toddler and Preschool Lead teacher certifications, you have to take 3 college credits in infant-toddler care and education and early childhood curriculum, program planning, or behavior management.
If you do not meet the education requirements, you can substitute them:
Work Experience Requirements:
The number of months of experience is determined by the degree that you hold. You need:
If you do not meet your work experience requirements, you can substitute it with: a practicum, also called "student teaching".
A pre-practicum, also called "field work", is not considered a full student teaching experience and does not count towards work experience.
Director I education requirements:
You need to meet all the education requirements for a Lead Teacher and:
Director II education requirements:
You need to meet all of the Director I education requirements and:
An additional 2 college credits or 3 CEU’s in other administration topics (category 6, 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12)
You can view study of early childhood education categories or course catalog to see category details.
Director I and Director II work experience requirements:
You need 6 months of work experience as a Lead Teacher.
These EEC’s categories of study for educators are:
To learn more about courses offered in different categories please view EEC's Categories of Study Content Guidance. To learn more about the institutions that provide courses or programs for early education and care, please view EEC's Course Catalog.