Early Childhood Teacher Certification

  • Who Should Apply

    Individuals who are seeking employment as an Early Childhood Teacher assigned responsibility for a single group of children working under the supervision of a director, may apply for an Official Early Childhood Teacher Qualification Verification Letter from the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL).

    Currently, an Early Childhood Teacher Verification letter is not required for employment. We do not issue licenses or certificates to Early Childhood Teachers.

    Review the Credential Equivalency Chart and Early Childhood Teacher Chart to help determine eligibility. 

  • How to Apply

    The application process takes approximately 6-8 weeks from the time your complete application packet is received by the Division of Early Care and Learning (DECL) until the results of your evaluation are sent to you.

    Download the Early Childhood Teacher Application here.

    Complete an application packet:

    The complete application packet must include the following documents:

    • Application Data Form (Form A).
    • Verification Worksheet (Form B).
      • Attached supporting documentation (college official transcripts and/or certificates).
      • College transcripts. Accepted forms of college transcript include copies of official transcript/s or transcripts printed from the student's account if the following verifiable information is included: name of the student, name of college/university, course/s completed, semester and year coursework was completed, the course title, course number, credit/s earned, and grade/s earned.
    • Experience Verification Worksheet (Form C).
      • Attach the official experience letter to this form.
     

    You are encouraged to make a copy of your application packet prior to mailing it to the DECL. Once your evaluation has been completed and a final qualification letter issued, your entire file will be shredded. Application packet documents will not be returned to applicant.

    Mail the application packet to:

    Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications
    CDHS, Division of Early Care and Learning
    1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
    Denver, CO 80203-1714

  • Application Review

    Once all documents are received, the Division will determine if you meet the requirements for Early Childhood Teacher qualification. You will receive one of two notices:

    • A  letter indicating that you are fully qualified. This is verification that you are Early Childhood Teacher qualified
    • An email indicating that you are not qualified to function as an Early Childhood Teacher. The email will explain what was accepted and what is needed to meet qualification requirements.
  • Regionally Accrediting Organizations Recognized by the DECL

    Accepted, Regionally Institutional Accrediting Organizations

    Higher Learning Commission (formerly called North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - The Higher Learning Commission) (HLC)  

    Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSA)

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)

    Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)  

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)      

    Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)

    NOT Accepted, Regionally Institutional Accrediting Organizations

    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees (NCA-CASI)

    New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)

  • Duplicate Letters
    You must submit a written/digital request to receive a copy of a letter previously issued. This request must include the following:
    • Current name and all former names
    • Current address 
    • Social Security #
    • Birth date
    • Date (or approximate date) the original letter was issued (if known)

    Send your request by email for a prompt response or you may submit your request by mail or fax to:

    Attn: Early Childhood Teacher Qualifications
    Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
    1575 Sherman St., 1st Floor
    Denver, CO  80203-1714
    Fax:  303-866-4453
    cdhs_oec_ectq@state.co.us

     

  • Resources

Questions? Contact Early Childhood Teacher Qualification:

Child Care Licensing and Administration
Division of Early Care and Learning, CDHS
1575 Sherman Street, 1st Floor
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-4091
Fax: 303-866-4453
cdhs_oec_ectq@state.co.us