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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.

Programs

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.

College/University

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. Marie Celeste
Associate Professor of Education and Director, Early Childhood Education
[email protected]
(202) 884-9285
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

Information

Program Point of Contact

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program T.E.A.C.H. is a scholarship program for obtaining an associate’s degree.
Danielle Adamson
[email protected]
(202) 833-2220 ext. 6555
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: osse.dc.gov/dctag
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.