Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)
The ECTC is a competency-based credential issued by OEC for child care providers. If you work at a program that receives state funding for school readiness or child day care, the ECTC is one way you could meet the Qualified Staff Member (QSM) requirements to be a teacher.
If you already meet the QSM requirements a different way, you don’t need to get the ECTC to be a teacher.
Do I qualify to get the ECTC?
You may be eligible for the ECTC if:
- You’re already working at an early care and education program, and
- Your QSM expiration date is 2025 or 2029
Contact Deb Adams at Deborah.Adams@ct.gov to discuss your options.
If your QSM expiration date is 2099, you’ve already met the QSM requirement, and you don’t need the ECTC.
How can I get the ECTC?
There are 2 ways to get the ECTC:
- Individual review route — Apply for the ECTC Individual Review Route to see if you’re eligible for the credential based on a combination of your non-early childhood education degree and your life experience
- Approved college route — Graduate from one of CT’s ECTC approved colleges with a degree in an ECTC path that includes student teaching
Individual review route (IRR)
To qualify for getting the ECTC through the individual review process, you must:
- Currently be working in the early childhood education field or have at least one year of experience
- Have a degree from a regionally accredited college in a concentration that’s not related to early childhood, child development, or child studies
- Have completed 12 credits in early childhood or child development
Before you can be considered for review, you’ll need to be a member in the Connecticut Early Childhood Registry and submit all of your documentation through the Registry.
Contact Colleen Brower at the CT Association for the Education of Young Children at firstname.lastname@example.org for information about applying for the ECTC through an individual review.
Approved college route
To get the ECTC this way, you must:
- Graduate from an approved college with a degree in an ECTC path that includes student teaching
- Be a member in the Connecticut Early Childhood Professional Registry
- Apply online through your Registry account
The ECTC can be awarded at the associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree level. Find an ECTC-approved college.
What are the areas of competency for the ECTC?
The ECTC confirms that you have met teacher competencies in these 6 areas:
- Promoting Child Development and Learning
- Building Family and Community Relationships
- Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families
- Using Developmentally Effective Approaches
- Using Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum
- Growing as a Professional