Credentials

What are Credentials?

To improve the quality of child care in North Carolina, the Division of Child Development 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 an application using the link below.

NC Credential Form

Tutorial for completing the form.

2. For Administrators – The North Carolina Early Childhood Administration Credential (NCECAC)
Students must successfully complete two required components: administration coursework, and additional early childhood/child development coursework. Level I is the minimum level required by law for all child care administrators. Levels II and III are voluntary.

Course content and demonstrated competency (portfolio):
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 Bachelors degree in Early Childhood/Child Development OR a Bachelors degree in any field plus 18 semester credit hours in Early Childhood.

All administrative coursework must be completed with a grade of C or better.

Download the application for the Administrative Credential below:

Application for Administrative Credential

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 an application using the link below.

NC School Age Child Care Credential Application Form