Certification and Degrees

If you’re wondering what’s required to earn an early childhood teaching credential or license in your—or any other—state, you’ve come to the right place! All of our information on teacher certification is straight from each state’s department of education website and includes links to pages you need for forms, applications, exams and more detailed information.

* Rasmussen College, School of Education offers Early Childhood Education (ECE) programs at two levels to meet the needs of early childhood educators at any stage of their career: A 9-month ECE Certificate for those just getting started, or a Bachelor’s in ECE Leadership for those ready to advance their careers by moving into administration.

* The Online Master's in Early Childhood Education from Capella's NCATE-accredited professional education unit will prepare you to effectively engage young students in the pre-K setting. With the option to focus on special education or classroom supervision, Capella's Master’s in Early Childhood Education is designed with the modern pre-K classroom in mind.

* The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the USC Rossier School of Education is designed for aspiring K-12 teachers looking to gain the skills and knowledge needed to become great teachers and help all students succeed. This teacher preparation program also prepares candidates to be recommended for a teaching credential.

Click on any of the states (or D.C.!) below to find out:
  • Requirements for early childhood teaching certification with links to the official state department of education website
  • Information about some of the top schools in the state offering bachelor, master’s and/or doctorate degrees in early childhood education
  • The names of various professional organizations for teachers
  • Where to look for job ads for open teacher positions
  • What early childhood education-focused blogs you should follow
Also, check out our lists of colleges that are closing the gender gap between male and female teachers in our article “20 Top Teacher Education Colleges for Men“, as well as our comprehensive list of Online Early Childhood Degrees.
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