Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)

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What is the Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC)?

The Early Childhood Teacher Credential (ECTC) is a free credential issued in Connecticut through the Office of Early Childhood. The ECTC is required of all Connecticut teachers in state-funded programs.

The ECTC is awarded at two levels:
  • Infant/toddler
  • Preschool

Career outcomes

The ECTC validates that an individual meets teacher competency level in six 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

The ECTC also provides documentation that an individual meets the legislative teacher requirements for state-funded programs:

  • School Readiness
  • Child Day Care Contract
  • State Head Start

Who is eligible?

The ECTC is open to all individuals working in the early childhood field.

For more information about the Early Childhood Teacher Credential, please visit The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

Learn more about our Early Childhood Education associate degree or Child Study bachelor's degree program.

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