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NC Early Educator Certification Update Debra Torrence, Director NC Licensed Child Care Association April 30, 2010

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  • NC Early Educator Certification Update

    Debra Torrence, DirectorNC Licensed Child Care AssociationApril 30, 2010

  • *EEC OverviewCertification refers, in this context, to the verification of college education based on a standardized scale.

    Certification open to all those who work directly with, work on the behalf of or intend to work with children birth to twelve.

    Certification Fee$50, unless paid for by another source$25 recertificationOngoing education or continuing education is required

    EEC Rewards

  • *Tools Certification scalesEarly Care and Education ProviderSchool Age Care Only Provider (being tested)Administrator tool (being drafted)Professional Development Specialist (coming)

  • *What is certification based upon?Official transcripts are assessed against a leveled scale based on role.

  • *What does the scale look like?A place for everyone on the scale Levels on a scale Reflects educational benchmarks in NC system and progress toward those levelsEarly Childhood at higher levels Renewal requires continuing education and/or education from regionally accredited colleges or universities

  • *Current IncentivesDCD grantFirst come, first served through September 2010Up to 9,000 individuals working in licensed child care facilities (1,900 slots gone)Eligible positions include teacher, assistant teacher, floater, director, group leader, assistant director, education coordinator and home provider.

  • *Current IncentivesDCD grantFirst come, first served through September 2010Up to 9,000 individuals working in licensed child care facilities (1,900 slots gone)Eligible positions include teacher, assistant teacher, floater, director, group leader, assistant director, education coordinator and home provider.

  • *Current IncentivesBarnes and Noble 20% discount on materials purchased for the classroom.Borders 25% off books bought for the classroom and 10% off CDs & DVDs for the classroom.Creative Diversity 10% discount on multicultural early childhood products and supplies.Discount School Supply 15% discount on teacher supplies and quality products.HATCH 10% discount on early childhood products and supplies.Kaplan Early Learning Company 10% discount on current catalogue items and free shipping on orders over $50.Kids Like Us 20% discount on individual book titlesBlack Forest Books & Toys 15% discount on all books and educational toys.The Smarti-Attic 10% discount on all in-store purchases.Childrens Museum of Winston-Salem Free admission to certified Early Educators as well as a buy one get on free opportunity for admission

  • Current Numbers

    Totals_________ as of _________7,931 as of 3/31/10; all 100 counties)3,946 (50%) are certified at gold levels levels six and above

    By Role (at time of application)6,183 teaching (417 indicate some time with school age)608 administrative167 combined teaching/administrative (87 indicate some time with school age)838 small home providers (579 indicate some time with school age)135 on behalf, other, student or not yet employed in child care

    ____ for profit centers (call DCD and find out how many for profit centers are regulated and insert here (of _____ potential sites)Over 1,500 More at Four teachers/assistantsOver 1,150 Head Start

    Other- 369 complete applications being processed- 278 incomplete applications

  • *How do I apply?Submit applicationeducation documentation Official transcriptsInternet Permission Form$50 fee (as applicable)

  • *What else do I need to know?Level is based on education earned, not specific certification classNo test Does not replace licensureCurrently voluntary

  • *What do I receive? Official, frame-ready certificateProfessionalPersonalizedLeveledSilver & gold sealsIndividual Certification cardList of EEC Rewards

  • *Recertification

    Certificate expiresValidity periodsRequirementsCost

  • *What is a validity period?

    ValidPeriodLevelEducation Required3 yrs218 sem hours toward an AAS ECE/CD orEarly Childhood Certificate orCDA Credential (Child Development Associate Credential) earned for at least 12 semester hours or12 semester hours in ECE/CD

  • *What is recertification based on?Formal, credit bearing education or Continuing Education Units (dependent on level)

    Mirroring public school teacher requirements for ongoing education

  • *What continuing education is required?SilverAt level 5 and below, EEC professionals must continue formal education at a rate of six (6) semester credit hours per certification period.

  • *What continuing education is required?GoldFor levels 6 and above, a certified professional must complete six (6) formal college credits or ten (10) Continuing Education Units, or a combination of the two.

  • *What continuing education is required?GoldProfessionals certified at either level 9 or 10 may also receive credit for teaching formal coursework or for teaching at least one Continuing Education Unit that meets recertification requirements, or a combination of the two.

  • *What is a Continuing Education Unit?The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is a nationally recognized measure of participation in an approved non-credit continuing education program. One Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is defined as ten contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.

  • *CEU requirements for EECFall under one of DCDs 9 topic areas1.Planning a safe, healthy learning environment2.Childrens physical & intellectual development3.Childrens social & emotional development4.Productive relationships with families5.Program management6.Professionalism7.Observing & recording childrens behavior8.Child growth development9.Inclusion of children with special needs

  • *CEU requirements for EECIssued by one of the followingCollege/UniversityNC DPIIACET (International Association for Continuing Education and Training) members (www.iacet.org)

  • *How much does it cost?Self-supporting system$50 for certification$25 for renewal (if prior to deadline)No charge to submit additional educationNo charge for specific populations/grantsEEC Rewards15% Discount School Supply20% Barnes and Noble25% Borders15% Kaplan20% Kids Like UsFree admission to Winston Salem Childrens MuseumMore in process!!

  • *Numerous BenefitsPersonal/workforceProgramChildren & familiesSystem

  • *Whats Next?Develop continuing education frameworkCreate/test tools by role (SA, PD, Admin)Build professional development portal Integrate certification with all systemsGrow compensation effortsLink certification and licensure Provide workforce study data

  • Questions & Answers

  • *Contact InformationInstitute - [email protected] - [email protected]

    ***Now we know were EEC came from, how do you get certified?

    *PASS OUT SCALE*****Apps are available on our website, by email or mailOfficial transcripts required- sealed or openedHS/GED copyInternational Ed- copy of assessment is okayIPF- can download from website. Gives us permission to log in as you and download your transcript. Not all schools have this technology$50 fee- thats what it takes to do the work. Institute is non-Profit-- no profits madeYOUR system- fee amount came out of focus groups- up to $300. Licensure cost $85**********IACET- International Association for Continuing Ed and TrainingWhy CEUs? Other occupations require CEUs, including public school teachers-- they get paid moreWhat CEUs?- no evidence that scattershot training makes a difference; cohesive, comprehensive training has more of an impactTopic area

    we are still working on the CEU policies for other roles

    *****

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