Teacher Certification

Type E Early Childhood Certificate

What is an associate certificate in early childhood education?

The Early Childhood Education certificate is a renewable five-year certificate for those who help in preschools or as instructional aides in public school primary classes. It does not allow the holder to be a regular classroom teacher.

What do I need to receive a Type E associate certificate in early childhood education?

  • For an Associate I, you will need either a Childhood Development Associate (CDA) award or the completion of a 30-credit college program that includes at least 400 hours of supervised practice.
  • For an Associate II, you will need an Associate I plus an approved associate degree (AA) program in early childhood education.

Email the Teacher Certification Office at tcwebmail@alaska.gov to request an application form.

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