Preparing and Certifying Teachers

Early childhood teachers have different expectations and requirements for teacher preparation and certification based on the setting they work in. Information on the requirements for lead teachers within each early childhood setting can be found below.


CHILD CARE TEACHERS

Lead teachers working in Type III licensed child care centers will be required to have the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate as a minimum credential beginning July 2019. Lead teachers in Type III child care centers will be required to have the certificate within 24 months of their start date as a lead teacher.

Teachers working in Type III centers can earn the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate through several qualifying credentials. More information about the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate can be found in the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate FAQs.

Applying for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate

Initial applications and renewal applications for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate can be found on Teach Louisiana and should be submitted through Teach LA Live. Questions about the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate should also be submitted through Teach LA Live.

Attending BESE-Approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Programs

Beginning in July 2018, child care teachers that are earning their Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate through a CDA or technical diploma should attend an approved child care teacher preparation program. These approved programs are called Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Programs (BESE Approved).


PUBLIC SCHOOL TEACHERS

Lead teachers that are working in public school pre-K programs are required to meet the certification requirements for their specific school and program. Information about traditional and non-traditional pathways for teacher certification can be found on Teach Louisiana.


TEACHER PREPARATION – EARLY CHILDHOOD ANCILLARY CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS

In order to earn the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate through a CDA or technical diploma, teachers must attend a BESE-approved Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program.

These programs have been carefully reviewed by the Louisiana Department of Education for high- quality coherent coursework that includes extensive applied practice and support for enrolled candidates.

The Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate is the first credential in the Birth to Kindergarten Pathway.


RESOURCES FOR PROGRAMS SEEKING APPROVAL:

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Application for Program Approval - Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program Download
Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate Program - Applying Program FAQs Download
Updates for CDA and Technical Diploma Programs Considering BESE-Approval - July 2017 Download