What credentials do I need to work at a childcare ( assistant to the teacher or teacher)?

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  • Bobbi
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    6 years ago
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    Every state is different. In our state to be a lead teacher: you need a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or Child Development, or another 4 year degree + 3 months experience working with the age group birth to age 6. So if you have a 4 yr degree, you are probably qualified.

    In depth:

    1. Be at least eighteen (18) years of age;

    2. Have either a high school diploma or a general education diploma (G.E.D.) or one (1) year of qualifying child care experience if hired after the effective date of these rules;

    3. Effective December 1, 2012, the qualifications listed in 591-1-1-.31(2)(b)2. above will no longer be valid. Effective December 1, 2012, and thereafter, all teachers/lead caregivers must possess at least one of the following sets of minimum academic requirements and qualifying experience at the time of employment:

    (i) Child Development Associate (CDA) credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition; Child Development and Related Care diploma from a vocational institute accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools; or similar credential where the course of study includes an intensive practicum in child care as part of the curriculum and which is approved by the Department;

    (ii) Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) in Early Childhood Education or Child

    Development;

    (iii) Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) in Infant and Toddler;

    (iv) Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) in Program Administration;

    (v) Technical Certificate of Credit (TCC) in School Age and Youth Care;

    (vi) Technical College Diploma (TCD) in Early Childhood Education or Child

    Development;

    (vii) Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (AA, AAS, AAT);

    (viii) Paraprofessional Certificate issued by the Georgia Professional Standards

    Commission;

    (ix) Twenty-five (25) quarter hours or fifteen (15) semester hours from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or Child Development;

    (x) Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in a field other than Early Childhood Education or Child Development and three (3) months of qualifying child care experience;

    (xi) Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood

    Education or Child Development;

    (xii) Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or Child Development.

    4. Have current evidence of successful completion of a biennial training program in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and a triennial training program in first aid provided by certified or licensed health care professionals and which covers the provision of emergency care

    DECAL 63 Rule for Child Care Learning Centers

    to infants and children if the caregiver is to be counted as part of the fifty percent (50%) of the child care staff with the required current evidence of CPR and first aid training;

    5. Participate in the orientation and training required by these rules;

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