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ECE Qualifications and Credentials & State by State Guide

Important Details About Qualifications

Course Waiver Options

The accepted credentials and courses eligible for waiver under this policy are explained below:

1. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Certificate or Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree who hold any of the following credentials may request waivers from: Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; and Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application.

a. CDA Credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition OR

b. Florida Child Care Professionals Credential (FCCPC) awarded by the Florida Department of Children and Families

c. Florida Early Childhood Professional Credential (ECPC) awarded by the Florida Department of Education

d. Florida Child Care Apprenticeship Credential (CCAC) awarded by the Florida Department of Education

2. Students who hold any of the following Wisconsin credentials may request waivers as indicated below.

a. Wisconsin Infant and Toddler Credential—Students who hold this credential and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Certificate or Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree may request waivers from: Foundations of Child Development; Infant and Toddler Development; and Dynamics of the Family.

b. Wisconsin Preschool Credential— Students who hold this credential and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Certificate or Early Childhood Education Associate’s Degree may request waivers from: Foundations of Child Development; Early Childhood Education Curriculum and Instruction; Health, Safety, and Nutrition/CDA Application; and Guiding Children’s Behavior.

c. Wisconsin Administration Credential—Students who hold this credential and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s Degree may request waivers from: Organizational Management in Early Childhood Education; and Ethics and Leadership In Early Childhood Education.

d. Wisconsin Leadership Credential— Students who hold this credential and are enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor’s Degree may request a waiver from: Ethics and Leadership in Early Childhood Education; and Supporting Professional Practices in Early Childhood Education.

3. Students enrolled in the Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor Completer degree may request waivers as below:

  1. Aim4Excellence Director Credential- Beginning July 2019, new students who hold a current Aim4Excellence Director Credential may receive waivers from: Organizational Management in ECE, Supporting Professional Practices in ECE and Ethics and Leadership in ECE equal to 12-quarter credits.  In order to request a School of Education Waiver, the participant must present a current and valid certificate or transcript from the credentialing agency. The participant’s credential will then be reviewed, and if the criteria are met, Rasmussen University will waive the course requirements and the grades will be posted on the student transcript as a Course Waiver (CW).

For information on the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship, please go to their website at https://teachecnationalcenter.org/t-e-a-c-h-early-childhood/

The T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship opportunity is not available in all states. Qualifications and availability will vary state to state and year to year. Students should verify if their state offers the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship first, and then apply according to their state application process.

For a complete listing of T.E.A.C.H. Organizations and Contacts: https://teachecnationalcenter.org/t-e-a-c-h-early-childhood/organizations-that-house-t-e-a-c-h/

Alabama

Educational Requirements

           Alabama Department of Hunan Resources- Child Care Licensing 

           https://dhr.alabama.gov/services/Child_Care_Services/Licensing_Overview.aspx

            Alabama Pathways Professional Development System

            https://alabamapathways.org/

            Alabama Pathways Professional Development Lattice

            https://alabamapathways.org/career-guide/

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

              Quality STARS for Parents

              https://alabamaqualitystars.org/

              Quality STARS for Programs and Educators

              https://alabamaqualitystars.org/starsstandards/            

For a Degree to Step Map of Rasmussen ECE programs to Career Lattice Steps:

 

California

Educational Requirements

              Child Care Operations/Licensing- California Department of Social Service

               https://www.cdss.ca.gov/inforesources/Child-Care-Licensing

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

              Quality Counts California: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/rt/californiaqris.asp

CA-QRIS Continuous Quality Improvement Pathways Core Tools and Resources: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/rt/caqrispathways.asp

California Early Childhood Educator Competencies: https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/ececomps.asp

State Specific Credentials/Permits:

Commission on Teacher Credentialing: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/req-child-dev

Child Development Permits: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/docs/default-source/leaflets/cl797.pdf?sfvrsn=665bc585_0

For a permit by permit map to Rasmussen University courses/degrees: 

 

Colorado

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Colorado Department of Human Services

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/child-care-0

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

                Colorado Shines for Parents: https://coloradoshines.force.com/families

Colorado Shines for Providers: https://ecpd.costartstrong.org/ets/home

Qualistar: https://qualistar.org/training/early-childhood-education-training/

State Specific Credentials:

Early Childhood Professional Credential 2.0: https://ecpd.costartstrong.org/ets/pages/default.aspx?p=credential_2.0

Colorado Coaching Credential: https://cocoaches.net/CoachingCredential.html

Note: The following document maps the required courses as per the Colorado Office of Early Childhood to the Rasmussen University courses in the Early Childhood Education AAS and Early Childhood Education Leadership Bachelor Completer degrees.

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Colorado TEACH Scholarship: https://qualistar.org/t-e-a-c-h-ece-scholarship/

Other scholarship opportunities: https://ecpd.costartstrong.org/ets/pages/default.aspx?p=scholarships

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Delaware

Educational Requirements:

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

State Specific Credentials and Training Organizations:

  • Early Childhood Credentials          

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Florida

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Florida Department of Children and Families

https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/training

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

                Early Learning Coalitions:  https://www.floridaearlylearning.com/coalitions.aspx

State Specific Credentials:

Florida Staff Credential: https://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care/training

(Including FCCPC, CCAC and ECPC Credentials)

NOTE: Course Waiver option for earned FL state specific credentials- see Course Waiver Tab

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Florida TEACH Scholarship information: https://teach-fl.org/

Kansas

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Kansas Department of Health and Environment: https://www.kdheks.gov/bcclr/

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

            Kansas Quality Network (for providers): https://ksqualitynetwork.org/provider/

            Kansas Quality Network (for parents): https://ksqualitynetwork.org/links/

State Specific Credentials and Training Organizations:

Kansas Child Care Training Opportunities, Inc.(KCCTO): https://kccto.org/

Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential: https://kaeyc.net/accreditation-programs/kansas-early-childhood-director-credential/

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Kansas TEACH Scholarship: As of July 2019, no longer offered.

 

Illinois

Educational Requirements:

                Child Care Operations/Licensing- Illinois Department of Children and Families Services (DCFS)

                https://sunshine.dcfs.illinois.gov/Content/Licensing/Welcome.aspx

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

                ExceleRate Illinois for Parents: https://www.excelerateillinois.com/

                ExceleRate Illinois for Providers: https://www.excelerateillinoisproviders.com/

State Specific Credentials:

Gateways Registry (Career Pathway and Professional Development): https://registry.ilgateways.com/

                Gateways Credentials: https://www.ilgateways.com/credentials

NOTE: Rasmussen University is an Illinois Entitled Institution with courses aligning to the Career Pathway for the Illinois Gateways Credentials, including the ECE Credential Levels 2-5, Illinois Director Credential Levels 1 & 2 and the Infant/Toddler Credential Levels 2-5, Family Child Care Credentials Levels 2-5 and Technical Assistance Credential Levels 4-5 . Student may be required to follow a prescribed course of study- see attachment below. Please see your Advisor for further information and details about required courses for each Credential.

For a Credential by Credential map of Rasmussen courses to Illinois Competencies, please follow the appropriate link below:

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

                   Illinois Gateways Scholarship: https://www.ilgateways.com/financial-opportunities

                   Great START program: https://www.ilgateways.com/financial-opportunities

Massachusetts

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care

https://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/licensing/

Note:  EEC1700 Foundations of Child Development course qualifies as an approved course for the requirement for “Child Growth and Development” per Massachusetts Early Education and Care licensing as Category 1.

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

Massachusetts QRIS: https://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/qris/

Professional Qualifications Registry:  https://www.eec.state.ma.us/PQRegistry/

State Specific Credentials:

EEC Professional Qualifications Certification: https://www.mass.gov/how-to/apply-for-eec-professional-qualifications-certification

Family Child Care Assistant Certificate: https://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/workforce-and-professional-development/educator-certifications/family-child-care-assistant-certificate/

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Massachusetts Early Childhood Educators (ECE) Scholarship Program: https://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/workforce-and-professional-development/

Educators and Provider Support (EPS) Grant: https://www.mass.gov/edu/birth-grade-12/early-education-and-care/workforce-and-professional-development/educator-and-provider-support-eps-grant.html

Minnesota

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Minnesota Department of Human Services

Family Child Care – Rule 2: (scroll down, click on Rule 2 and Caregiver Qualifications) https://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=dhs-289073

Center-based Child Care & Rule 3: (scroll down, click on Rule 3 and Qualifications) https://www.dhs.state.mn.us/main/idcplg?IdcService=GET_DYNAMIC_CONVERSION&RevisionSelectionMethod=LatestReleased&dDocName=dhs-289072

Quality Improvement and Rating System:

Parent Aware for parents: https://parentaware.org/

Parent Aware requirements for providers:https://parentaware.org/programs/

Parent Aware and Knowledge and Competency Framework: For a course by course map of the MN Knowledge and Competency Frameworks to Rasmussen University coursework, please download this document: 

State Specific Credentials:

No required state specific credentials at this time.           

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

Minnesota TEACH Scholarship information: https://www.childcareawaremn.org/providers/grants-and-scholarships/teach-scholarships/

Minnesota R.E.E.T.A.I.N. Bonus: https://childcareawaremn.org/professionals-caregivers/grants-scholarships/reetain-bonuses

New York

Educational Requirements:

                Child Care Operations/Licensing- New York Office of Children and Family Services

                https://ocfs.ny.gov/main/childcare/daycare_regulations.asp

 Quality Rating and Improvement System:

                QUALITYstarsNY for families: https://qualitystarsny.org/families-home.php

                QUALITYstarsNY for providers: https://qualitystarsny.org/roadmap-landing.php

                Aspire Registry: https://www.nyworksforchildren.org/Aspire/Aspire.aspx

State Specific Credentials:

Children’s Program Administrator Credential: https://nysaeyc.org/childrens-program-administrator-credential/#

Family Child Care Credential: https://nysaeyc.org/family-child-care-credential/

Infant Toddler Care and Education Credential: https://nysaeyc.org/infant-toddler-care-education-credentials/

Training and Technical Assistance Credentials: https://nysaeyc.org/ttap-credential/

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

                Educational Incentive Program (EIP):  https://www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu/apply.shtm

North Dakota

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- North Dakota Department of Human Services

https://www.nd.gov/dhs/services/childcare/info/

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

                Bright and Early Steps ND for parents: https://www.brightnd.org/parents

                Bright and Early Steps for providers: https://www.brightnd.org/providers

State Specific Credentials:

                No required state specific credentials at this time

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

                TEACH scholarship is not currently available in ND

 

 

 

 

 

Oklahoma

Educational Requirements:

Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS): https://www.okdhs.org/services/cc/Pages/CCLRequirements.aspx

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

Reaching for the Stars Child Care Centers: https://www.okdhs.org/OKDHS%20Publication%20Library/99-39.pdf

Reaching for the Stars Family Child Care: https://www.okdhs.org/OKDHS%20Publication%20Library/99-43.pdf       

State Specific Credentials:

Center for Early Childhood Professional Development: https://www.cecpd.org/en/

Professional Development Ladder: https://cecpd.org/en/provider-programs/oklahoma-registry-information-copy/professional-development-ladder-copy/

Rasmussen University Degree Programs Mapped to Oklahoma Professional Development Ladder:

Rasmussen University Degree Programs Mapped to Oklahoma Director Credential Requirements:

Rasmussen University courses mapped to Oklahoma Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners:

Washington

Educational Requirements:

           Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families: https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=110-300A

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

            Early Achievers for Parents: https://apps.leg.wa.gov/WAC/default.aspx?cite=110-300A

State Specific Credentials:

            ECE Levels: Washington State Department of Children, Youth and Families:  https://ececareers.del.wa.gov/what-is-early-learning#node-10-anchor

             Stackable Certificates: Link to document- Stackable Certificates

             Core Competencies: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/earlylearning-profdev/workforce-development/competencies

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

              Early Achievers Scholarships: https://www.dcyf.wa.gov/services/early-learning-providers/early-achievers/pre-rating

Washington, D.C.

Educational Requirements:

            Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE):

            https://osse.dc.gov/eceresources

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

            Capital Quality: https://osse.dc.gov/page/capital-quality-qris

Financial Resources:

            TEACH Scholarship:  https://osse.dc.gov/node/1258311

For a Washington DC Education Requirement to Rasmussen University Degree Program Matrix:

Wisconsin

Educational Requirements:

Child Care Operations/Licensing- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/cclicensing

Quality Rating and Improvement System:

               YoungStar for parents: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/parents

               YoungStar for providers: https://dcf.wisconsin.gov/youngstar/providers

State Specific Credentials:

The Registry Credentials: https://www.the-registry.org/Credentials.aspx/overview

The Registry Career Levels: https://www.the-registry.org/

NOTE: Course Waiver option for earned Registry Credentials- see Course Waiver Tab‚Äč

Funding and Scholarship Sources:

                Wisconsin TEACH Scholarship information: https://wisconsinearlychildhood.org/programs/teach/

                REWARD Wisconsin stipend: https://wisconsinearlychildhood.org/programs/reward/