Certification and Degrees

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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.

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Rasmussen College
  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) Certificate or Diploma
  • Associate’s in ECE or Child Development
  • Bachelor’s completion program in ECE Leadership

USC Rossier
Master of Arts in Teaching Online

Fordham University
Online Master of Science in Teaching

USC
Master's in School Counseling Online

NYU
Master’s Degree in School Counseling Online

Vanderbilt Peabody College
Online Master’s with School Counseling

Capella University
Online Master's in Early Childhood Education

Concordia University
Online MEd in Curriculum & Instruction in Early Childhood Education

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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