Child Care


Level V: Early Childhood Associate's Degree

This person would most likely have an associate degree in early childhood or a college degree unrelated, but has work experience and relevant training. Credit is given at this level for the completion of a four-year degree although it may not be in a related field such as early childhood or school-age care.  They may or may not be providing direct care and education to children.

Education and Training

  • Infant and child CPR certification (see glossary for definition) and First Aid training, if working directly with children.
  • Degree requirement:
         a)  Completion of an associate’s degree program that includes a minimum of 18 college credits of coursework (refer glossary, Specialty Areas of Education).
              -or-
         b)  A college degree that is unrelated to the early childhood field combined with demonstrated work experience and professional training that is relevant to the early childhood field.

Professional Commitment

  • Work experience:
         a)  At least two years work experience in a program with children in the last four years,
              -or-
         b)  Supervised practicum/field experience as required by the associates degree program,
              -or-
         c)  A minimum of two years experience promoting the development of other practitioners (i.e. professional roles such as program director, trainer, Head Start education coordinator, etc.).
  • Membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend a minimum of six hours of training at a regional, state or national professional development conference.
  • Demonstration of professional leadership is encouraged.

Renewal Requirements (every 3 years):

  • Maintain infant and child CPR certification and First Aid training, if working with children.
  • Completion of continuing education that positively contributes to ongoing professional development in the field.
  • Work directly with children in a state registered or licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program; or provide leadership and/or instruction that contributes to the development of other practitioners (i.e. roles such as program director, education coordinator, trainer, etc.).
  • Maintain membership in a recognized professional organization. Attend a minimum of six hours at a regional, state or national professional development conference.