Working together on potential National Certification for ECE Lead Teachers.
Lead Teacher Certification
The Council for Professional Recognition (CFPR) and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) are working together to conduct a feasibility study to assess support for the development of a national competency-based lead teacher certification for early childhood educators. The certification would give each U.S. state a consistent, foundational requirement for ECE lead teachers. The Feasibility Study will explore how a national certification system could improve the odds of producing a diverse workforce of highly qualified teachers for young children from birth through age eight.
A national certification for ECE lead teachers would help ensure that every child has access to high-quality ECE programs led by educators who are well prepared, supported and compensated. It has been scientifically demonstrated that high-quality ECE is a fundamental factor in enhancing children’s cognitive, psychosocial, and motor development, making them more “school-ready” for K-12 education and yielding long-term economic and social benefits for individuals and society. National standards and assessments that measure practitioners against those standards would help ensure consistent quality and sustain workforce diversity.
The Council and the NBPTS are conducting the study jointly, using a grant from the Early Educator Investment Collaborative, a 501(c)(4) public charity. The study is underway, and we are investigating various perspectives using surveys and interviews. A wide range of stakeholders will be engaged, and practitioners’ voices will play a vital role in assessing the feasibility of the credential. Specific attention will be given to diversity, including the geographic, linguistic, racial and professional level of participants. Lessons learned and the impact and unintended consequences resulting from the implementation of other national programs are being researched and explored as well. We’ll review and recommend Lead Teacher competencies, then engage stakeholders in professionally acceptable methodologies to further refine the competencies.
Being a PD Specialist allows me to share my expertise and genuine love of early childhood education. Being a PD Specialist is my Occupassion!
- Sherilynn Kimble, PD Specialist
I had been working with children for about three years when I was given the opportunity to obtain my CDA. During the process I was able to gain so much knowledge about all aspects of caring for chil...
- Tanesha Sanders, Texas
I started working at the University of Dubuque Childcare Center in October of 2009. I was hired as a floater to work with three age groups, Infants, Toddlers, and Twos. In August of 2010, I was assign...
- Rhonda Baule, Iowa
The great thing about having a CDA is that it is a national certification. I started in Florida and then moved to Louisiana where it was recognized and did help me in finding a job at the local Child ...
- Kendra Barnes, Louisiana
Starting a new job in the childcare arena was exciting! I knew that I enjoyed working with children, and it was a great opportunity to stay at home with my daughter. One year turned into two, and befo...
- Traci McNeil, Ohio
I am an Assistant VPK Teacher with a local childcare group. I had a director who encouraged me to get my CDA. My short journey had begun. I, too, was a little hesitant and fearful of failing when I sa...
- Gloria Williams, Florida
It is well worth it. When I received my Certificate for my Nationals in the mail, I cried I was so happy. I would also like to Thank my Director and my Assistant Director for really supporting me.
- Donna Hayes, Florida