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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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College 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 College Degree Programs Mapped to Oklahoma Professional Development Ladder:

Rasmussen College Degree Programs Mapped to Oklahoma Director Credential Requirements:

Rasmussen College 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 College 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/

Professional Organizations for Early Childhood Educators

 

 

ACEI is a charitable organization that is interested in sharing new approaches to the education of children and ensuring that these approaches are delivered in ways that enhance children's individual skills and abilities and provide opportunities for success in life.

 

 

Child Care Aware is the nation's most respected hub of information for parents and child care providers. We help families learn more about the elements of quality child care and how to locate programs in their communities. Child Care Aware also provides child care providers with access to resources for their child care programs.

 

 

The Division for Early Childhood was started in 1973 by a group of volunteers who cared deeply about the development of young children with special needs. DEC is one of 17 divisions of the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), the largest professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

 

 

The work of the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) is focused on ensuring quality educational opportunities for all military children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition. A non-profit, world-wide organization, the MCEC performs research, develops resources, conducts professional institutes and conferences, and develops and publishes resources for all constituencies.

 

 

NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8. The Association administers a voluntary, national accreditation system for high-quality early childhood programs, sponsors a variety of initiatives to improve professional preparation of early childhood educators, and produces a wide array of early childhood resources.

 

 

The National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership  association.  NAFCC represents professional providers throughout the United States and in some cases on US Military bases located internationally.  NAFCC is dedicated to promoting quality child care by strengthening the profession of family child care.

 

 

For more than 40 years, the National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI) has been at the forefront of engaging leaders, policymakers, professionals, and parents around critical and timely issues that directly impact Black children and their families. We are a trusted partner in delivering culturally relevant resources that respond to the unique strengths and needs of Black children around issues including early childhood education, health, child welfare, literacy, and family engagement.  

 

 

Our mission is to coalesce, inspire, and support the Head Start field as a leader in early childhood development and education. The National Head Start Association is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 200,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States.