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New Educational Requirements

Teachers are required to have an associate’s degree (AA) in early childhood education (or early childhood development, child and family studies, or a closely related field) or an associate’s degree in any subject area with at least 24 semester credit hours in early childhood by December 2023. A teacher with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education meets the minimum education requirements.

See the bottom of this page for a planning guide template to help plan your pathway. More information on the regulations that outline the new educational requirement for teachers can be found here.


The following is a list of programs and resources available in the DC metropolitan area. This list is neither exhaustive nor an indication of endorsement by OSSE.


Information on AA in EC

Program Point of Contact

University of District of Columbia-Community College Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Cecelia Alvarado
Program Coordinator
(202) 274-6763
Trinity University Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education
Dr. Jennifer Hauver, Associate Dean of Education
(202) 884-9557
[email protected]
Howard Community College Early Childhood Development - A.A.S. Degree
(443) 518-1620
Montgomery College Associate of Arts in Teaching (A.A.T.) in Early Childhood Education
Sonia Pruneda-Hernandez
(240) 467-4168
Prince George’s Community College Early Childhood Education A.A.S.
Professor Aretha Williams, Chair
Department of Teacher Education
NOVA Community College-Alexandria Campus Associate in Applied Science Degree in Early Childhood Development
Christine Pegorraro Schull, Ph.D.
Professor & Assistant Dean
(703) 845-6224
[email protected]

Resources Available



Program Point of Contact

Higher Education Incentive Fund Students that have applied to University of DC or Trinity University can receive a full scholarship towards their degree by contacting the university directly.

UDC: Beverly Bennett-Roberts
[email protected]
(202) 274-6970

Trinity: Dr. Marie Celeste
[email protected]
(202) 884-9285

DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) DCTAG provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. Website:
Phone Number: (202) 727-2824
DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program Mayor’s Scholars provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Janae Eason
[email protected]
(202) 481-3481

Planning Guides

The following resource guides can help you create a plan for meeting the new educational requirements for child development staff.