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).
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.
- Work experience:
a) At least two years work experience in a program with children in the last four years,
b) Supervised practicum/field experience as required by the associates degree
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.