Career Guide

Summary of Minimum Education Requirements with Accompanying Timeline

Position Minimum Education Credential Required Original Date New Date
Center Director Bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education (including early childhood development, early childhood education, elementary education, or early special education) or a bachelor’s degree in any subject area with at least 15 semester credit hours in early childhood education Dec. 2022 Not applicable
Teacher Associate degree (AA) in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies, or a closely related field) or an associate degree (or higher) in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood. Dec. 2020 Dec. 2, 2023
Assistant Teacher Child Development Associate (CDA) Dec. 2018 Dec. 2, 2019
Expanded Home Caregiver Associate degree in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies or a closely related field) or an associate degree (or higher) in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood. Dec. 2019 Dec. 2, 2023
Home Caregiver and Associate Home Caregiver Child Development Associate (CDA) Dec. 2018 Dec. 2, 2019

New Minimum Education Requirements: Summary and Overview by Position

Early Childhood Education Position Credentials Required by OSSE
Center Director Center Directors are required to have a bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education (including early childhood development, early childhood education, elementary education, or early special education) or a bachelor’s degree in any subject area with at least 15 semester credit hours in early childhood education by December 2022.
Teacher Teachers are required to have an associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies, or a closely related field) or an associate’s degree in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood by December 2023. A teacher with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education meets the minimum education requirements.
Assistant Teacher Assistant Teachers are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by December 2019.
Home Caregiver Home Caregivers are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by December 2019.
Expanded Home Caregiver Expanded Home Caregivers are required to have an associate’s degree in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies or a closely related field) or an associate’s degree in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood by December 2023. An Expanded Home Caregiver with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education meets the minimum education requirements.
Associate Home Caregiver Associate Home Caregivers are required to have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential by December 2019.

Childcare staff shall participate in professional development (PD) annually. This number of PD hours includes maintenance of trainings in health and safety. The number of PD required is dependent upon the position and facility type of an individual, as detailed below.

Annual Training and Professional Development

Staff Required Hours of PD
Child development center staff At least 21 hours of PD annually
Center Directors 12 hours of training in program management, business operations, and evaluation annually
Child development home caregivers and staff At least 12 hours of PD annually
Expanded home caregivers and staff At least 15 hours of PD annually