Early Childhood & Youth Education Certificate and Credential Programs
Preparing today's leaders in early care, after school care and youth programs.
Charter Oak's credential programs were designed for professionals and adult learners
seeking continuing education and career advancement opportunities in the popular fields
of early childhood education, after school care and education, and youth development.
- Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) Individual Review Route
The Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) is a competency-based credential awarded
by the State Department of Education to individuals at the Associate and Bachelor's
degree level. Individuals can apply for an Infant/Toddler ECTC, a Preschool ECTC or
both. The purpose of the ECTC is to provide teachers with a pathway to demonstrate
their expertise through the Individual Review Route. Research demonstrates that qualified
staff with specific training in early childhood makes a difference for children, families,
and program quality. Through the ECTC Individual Review Route, CT is able to ensure
that our colleges are providing students with experiences that build expertise in
alignment with standards and that they receive specific training in early childhood,
not just a degree. This is only available to people who have an Associate or a Bachelor's degree. If
you do not have a degree you are not eligible for this program.
- Certificate in Infant/Toddler Care
A voluntary professional development certificate comprised of 12 credits and created
through collaboration among Charter Oak State College and Connecticut Charts-A-Course
along with local and statewide experts in the field. If you have at least one year's
experience working with infants and toddlers in a licensed center based or family
care program, current first aid and CPR training, then you may be an excellent candidate
for this program.
- Early Childhood Education - Alternate Route to Certification
A six month intensive teacher certification program with online and in-class weekend
instruction. Designed for individuals with at least three years experience in early
childhood education, and who already possess a Bachelor's Degree.
- Credential in After School Education
Are you currently working in an after school program serving elementary or middle
school students, and do you seek to advance your career opportunities and gain knowledge
and skills to improve program delivery? The Credential in After School Education establishes
educational and experiential competency standards for specialists in the care and
education of children and youth outside of school hours. Credential requirements target
teaching expertise, program management and professional skills to ensure a well-run,
purposeful program that is responsive to participant needs. All courses are offered
online, in accelerated, convenient 8-week terms.
- Connecticut Directors' Credential
Do you have supervisory and administrative experience in early care and education,
but seek credentials that acknowledge your competencies in this important field? The
Connecticut Directors' Credential, issued through Charter Oak State College, provides
a voluntary system of credentialing with four levels of proficiency. Credential requirements
are a combination of experience and education and incorporate core areas of knowledge
for Directors. Applicants can meet these requirements through a variety of means:
credit-based coursework, non-credit training, or portfolio assessment. Courses may
be taken through Charter Oak State College or from any regionally accredited college
or university that you choose.
- Connecticut Parenting Educator Credential
The Connecticut Parenting Educator Credential, a collaboration between Charter Oak
State College and the Connecticut Parenting Education Network (CT-PEN), establishes
consistent criteria for the knowledge, skills and experience required for parenting
educators including home visitors, trainers, facilitators and parenting education
- Continuing Education Units (CEU) for Teachers Online
We are pleased to offer professional development opportunities for teachers through
Continuing Education Courses. Charter Oak is an Approved Continuing Education Unit
(CEU) Provider #558 with the Connecticut State Department of Education.
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