What are Credentials?
To improve the quality of child care in North Carolina, the Division of Child Development and Early Education has created credentials. Credentials are awarded by the state after taking college courses.
1. For Lead Teachers – The North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC)
Students must earn a grade of C or better in EDU 119 (four semester credit hours) to earn the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential sometimes called “Credentials” or “Credentials 1 and 2. This is required to be a teacher in a child care center. Download NCECC application here NC Credential Form
2. For Administrators – The North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential (NCECAC)
Students must successfully complete two required components: administration, and additional early childhood/child development coursework. All administrative coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better. Level I is the minimum level required by law for all child care administrators. Levels II and III are voluntary.
Level I: Six semester credit hours of administration coursework (two courses) plus seven semester credit hours of Early Childhood Education coursework.
Level II: Six semester credit hours of administration coursework (two courses) plus AAS degree in Early Childhood Education OR an Associate degree in any field plus 12 semester credit hours in Early Childhood.
Level III: Six semester credit hours of administration coursework (two courses) plus Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood/Child Development OR a Bachelor’s degree in any field plus 18 semester credit hours in Early Childhood.
3. For Teachers of School-Age Children – The North Carolina School-Age Child Care Credential (NCSACCC)
Students must successfully complete (with a C or better) EDU 145 and EDU 235 OR EDU 145 and EDU 263. Download NCSACCC application here NC School Age Child Care Credential Application Form