Level IV: Apprentice or Higher Education Coursework
A Level IV practitioner would be someone who has received their Apprentice certification or who has completed some college-level coursework. They may or may not be providing direct care and education to children.
Education and Training
- High school diploma or GED,
- Infant and child CPR certification (see glossary for definition), and First Aid training if
working directly with children
- Completion of:
a) Child care and early education apprenticeship training and certification.
b) A minimum of 12 college credits in early childhood education, family relations
(refer to glossary, Required Education Areas)
a) At least two years of experience working with children in a state registered or
licensed child care, preschool, Head Start or school-age program in the last six
b) At least two years of experience promoting the development of other practitioners
(i.e. professional roles such as program director, trainer, Head Start education
- Membership in a recognized professional organization.
- Attend a minimum of six hours of training at a regional, state or national professional
- Demonstration of professional leadership is encouraged.
Renewal Requirements (every three years)
- Maintain infant and child CPR certification and First Aid training, if working withchildren.
- Completion of continuing education that positively contributes to ongoing professional
development in the field of early childhood education or family relations.
- 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