Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pursuing a CT early childhood teaching career?

CREDENTIALING: Post University Child Studies graduates are now officially
prepared to earn the Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC)
Most Connecticut students interested in careers in early childhood education (ECE) have their sights set on finding a job with a publicly funded program, as opposed to a non-publicly funded program. That's because publicly funded programs are usually accredited, so they typically offer better salaries, more competitive benefits packages, and high standards.

But to teach in a state-funded program in Connecticut, ECE professionals need to have the new Early Childhood Teaching Credential (ECTC). This credential is a state requirement for teaching in publicly funded preschools and Head Start programs in Connecticut.

Few schools in Connecticut offer degree programs that set students up for earning this credential due to the State Department of Education's rigorous requirements. In fact, we are one of only four schools in Connecticut to have this approval.

This means that the State Department of Education has officially authorized Post University to provide graduates of its Bachelor of Science in Child Studies degree program with a pathway to earning an ECTC. So Post University Child Studies students (main campus and online) are now officially prepared to acquire their ECTC, in order to be eligible to teach in publicly funded early childhood programs in Connecticut.

Post University's Child Studies program has also always aligned with state and national standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the leading organization driving high-quality ECE programs. These standards have grounded our Child Studies program in a strict foundation, to prepare ECE professionals for successful and impactful careers.

We're remaining committed to raising the bar on early childhood education, and will continue to help aspiring ECE professionals carve rewarding career paths. If you're interested in more details on Post University's new ECTC credential preparation, please see our press release announcing the news and our Child Studies web page.