Child Care

Level VII: Master's and Doctoral Degree

A person at Level VII has an advanced degree such as a masters or doctoral in early childhood or a closely related field. 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 if working directly with children.
  • Completion of masters or doctoral degree program in early childhood education or a closely related field with graduate level course work in the Specialty Areas of Education (refer to glossary) including an extended knowledge in the following areas:
    • Theories of child growth and development,
    • Theories of early childhood education and curriculum,
    • Research in the specialty areas (refer to glossary),
    • Current issues and perspectives of early childhood education including diversity, culture, language and families,
    • Assessment of children, curriculum, programs and caregivers,
    • Interdisciplinary fields affecting children, families and the early childhood education profession

Professional Commitment

  • At least four years of experience promoting the development of other practitioners.
  • Serve as a mentor and educator to others in the field.
  • 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 required and recognized.

Renewal Requirements (every three 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.
  • Maintain membership in a recognized professional organization.
  • Attend a minimum of six hours of training at a regional, state or national professional development conference.
  • Demonstrated leadership and/or instruction that positively contributes to the field of early childhood or school-age care and education.