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.

To earn the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential sometimes called “Credentials” or “Credentials 1 and 2”, students must complete EDU 119: Introduction to Early Childhood. This is what is required to be a teacher in a child care center. There is only one credential for early childhood lead teachers, and only one course required to earn it.

**EDU 119 IS a state mandated co-requisite for EDU 261.  EDU 261 requires English and reading proficiency at the 090 level, based on Placement Test scores.  EDU 261 must be completed before enrolling in EDU 262.


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).
Download an application using the link below.

NC Credentials 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 ASS degree in Early Childhood Education.

Level III: Six semester credit hours of administration coursework (two courses) plus BS degree in Child Development.

Application for Administrative Credentials

3. For Teachers of School-Age Children - The North Carolina School-Age Child Care Credential (NCSACCC)
Students must successfully complete 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