Certificates and Credentials

Explore the credentials and certifications available to early childhood prefessionals in New York. The links below will take you to the Career Development Services section of our website where you can not only learn more about these credentials, but also find assistance in pursuing them.

New York State Teacher Certification

The process of teacher certification can often be a daunting challenge. Depending on where you are academically and professionally, there are several pathways to becoming a New York State certified early childhood education teacher.

Our Career Development Services team has published a booklet for download or for ordering in print that is designed to make navigating that process a little simpler.

Learn more about Teacher Certification

The NYS Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC)

The Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC) is a state-recognized credential that addresses the components essential for running early childhood and school-age programs. The 18-credit graduate program is designed to provide early childhood directors with the management and leadership competencies to create high quality environments for the children and families they serve.

Learn more about the CPAC

Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate

The program prepares students to communicate effectively, learn and use new technology, think critically and creatively, and demonstrate cultural awareness. The courses are designed for students who intend to pursue advanced study in early childhood education or a related discipline, and for those who will seek employment or career advancement upon completion of an undergraduate degree program. The structure and curriculum of the CDA Certificate are designed to complement the Child Development Associate (CDA) National Credentialing Program's Competency Standards.

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Other NYS Credentials

In addition to the CPAC and CDA, New York State has a number of other credentials available. Our page below gives a brief overview of these credentials. For more information about these credentials, and information about applying, visit the New York State Association for the Education of Young Children.

Learn more about other NYS credentials