Early Childhood Teacher Credential–Non-certification

Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC), Advanced Level B and Bachelor of General Studies Program

This program is designed for graduates of associate’s degree programs in early childhood education who wish to earn a four-year degree and become head teachers in preschool programs that are funded by the State of Connecticut.  Completion of this program leads to the Early Childhood Teacher Credential, Level B, which is awarded by Connecticut’s Office of Early Childhood.

Questions and Answers:

How is the ECTC program different from Eastern’s early childhood education certification program?

The program is ideal for students who want to work only with children up to age 5 in community-based and state-funded preschools and child development centers.  Unlike a certification program, this program accepts most coursework in early childhood education from a community college and does not require formal entrance or exit exams or completion of a major outside of education.  Courses may be taken part or full time in the evening.

How is this program different from my Associates Degree Program in Early Childhood Education?

Most community college ECE programs in Connecticut lead to the Level A Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC).  Eastern’s program accepts these courses and builds upon them with advanced coursework leading to a bachelor’s degree.  Graduates earn an ECTC Level B, allowing them to work as head teachers in state-funded programs.

Why do I need a Level B credential if I already have the Level A?

Stated simply, the Level B credential will eventually be required for head teacher positions in state-funded child development centers.  Furthermore, this program extends and strengthens competencies that candidates have acquired in their associate’s degree programs.  Graduates will become even more knowledgeable and skilled in their professional practice.

What are the job opportunities for someone with the ECTC Level B?

There is now a major initiative in Connecticut to provide universal preschool.  There is also a growing need for highly educated preschool teachers and, with it, many new job opportunities in early care and education—especially for those who hold a bachelor’s degree.

Requirements

Course requirements for the ECTC program are presented in an advisement sheet provided on the Education Department website.

Admission to the Program

Students apply for admission to the university, http://www.easternct.edu/admissions, and consult with an advisor in Continuing Education to determine if they have met all requirements for admission to the BGS program, http://www.easternct.edu/ce.  With this Continuing Education advisor, students will develop a plan of study for meeting Liberal Arts Core requirements that have not yet been met at the community college.

Students then meet with an early childhood education advisor to develop a plan of study for professional preparation courses required to receive the ECTC.  The student must present a transcript showing completion of an associate’s degree program in early childhood education with a 2.7 grade point average or higher.  The plan of study must be formally signed by an ECE advisor in order for a student to be formally enrolled in the program.

Contacts:

Jeffrey Trawick-Smith, trawick@easternct.edu, ECTC program advisor

Arielle Rose, Rosear@easternct.edu, Continuing Education advisor