Agenda for Children

Ancillary Certificate Information

The Ancillary Certificate application can be downloaded from the Louisiana Department of Education web site.

Beginning on June 30, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will
be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate as a minimum
credential. Agenda for Children is working to help more teachers earn their ancillary certificate through our Enhanced CDA Program, which has received provisional approval from BESE. 

If you aren't able to attend an in-person CDA course, the Better Kid Care online program might be a good fit for you. Better Kid Care is a series of online training modules developed by Penn State. Participants in Bossier, Caddo, Jefferson, Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Tammany and Vernon parishes are eligible for a free book and no-cost professional development (including the CDA course). This program is being supported by the Department of Defense, which is working to increase the number of professionals with a CDA credential in areas that are home to a large number of military families. If you aren't in one of those parishes, there is a $5 per module cost, which is charged on a pay-as-you-go basis. Note that the online Better Kid Care workshops cannot be counted toward your annual licensing requirements for training at this time. Click here for more information. 

With so many teachers in need of ancillary certificates, we wanted to provide more information on the ancillary certificate. Please note that there is NO FEE for attaining your ancillary certificate for early childhood education. The application form used for the certificate is also used for several other types of certificates, some of which do require a fee. However, early childhood ancillary certificate applicants should not submit any fees with their applications.

The following Questions and Answers about Ancillary Certificates comes from the Louisiana Department of Education

Background on the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate

1. What is the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate?

The Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate is a professional credential for teachers that are working in early learning centers. This certificate is part of the broader effort to unify the early childhood system and professionalize the early learning teacher workforce. This certificate will enable child care teachers to be recognized for the professional training and education they have completed, as well as provide access to valuable resources such as the School Readiness Tax Credits. By increasing the opportunities for professional education, more early learning teachers will enter the classroom prepared to provide a high-quality learning experience for the children in their care. The Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate can be earned by demonstrating the completion of one of the qualifying credentials or degrees, and by submitting a complete application to the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE).

2. Who needs to have an Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate?

Currently there is no requirement for individuals to hold an Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate. Beginning on June 30, 2019, all lead teachers in publicly-funded centers (Type III) will be required to have a current Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate as a minimum credential.

3. How much does the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate cost?

There will be no certification processing fee collected by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDE) for individuals that are applying for the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate.

4. Will the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate qualify me to work in public schools?

The Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate will not qualify an individual to work as a lead teacher in public schools. The Bachelor’s Degree and teaching certificate requirement for PreK teachers in public and nonpublic schools will remain the same. Head Start teacher requirements will continue to follow the national credential and qualification guidelines. 

Applying for an Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate

5. What are the different ways to qualify for the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate?

The Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate can be earned by demonstrating completion of one of the following qualifying certificates or criteria:

      1. Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate in either Infant/Toddler or Preschool, which has been awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition and a high-school diploma or equivalent. After January 1, 2018 coursework for the CDA must be completed at a BESE-approved provider
      2. A technical diploma or certificate of technical studies in an early childhood related field from an accredited technical or community college. After January 1, 2018, coursework for technical diplomas and certificates of technical study must be completed at a BESE-approved provider
      3. A career diploma that has been recognized by the Louisiana Pathways Career Development System, and is earned prior to January 1, 2018
      4. An associate degree in an early childhood related field from a regionally accredited college or university
      5. A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

6. I currently qualify for the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate. What do I do next?

Once you are ready to apply for your Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate, you will need to:

    1. Complete the Application for Ancillary Certificate Form (pg. 6) and the Professional Conduct Form (pg. 8) within the Ancillary Certification Application, located here. Please note that early childhood ancillary certificate applicants only need to complete pages 6 and 8. They also do NOT need to pay a fee to receive the certificate.
    2. Locate the required evidence for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certification. The required evidence depends on the way in which you are qualifying for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate.
      Qualifying Certificate or DegreeEvidence that must be submitted (in addition to Application for Ancillary Certificate Form and Professional Conduct Form)
      Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate in Infant/Toddler or Preschool and a high school diploma or equivalent
      • Copy of valid CDA certificate, and
      • Copy of a high school or equivalency diploma or transcript
      A technical diploma or certificate of technical studies in an early childhood related field from an accredited technical or community college. Transcript indicating the successful completion of a technical diploma or certificate of technical studies from a regionally accredited college or university
      A career diploma that has been recognized by the Louisiana Pathways Career Development System Copy of a valid career diploma certificate that has been that has been recognized by the Louisiana Pathways Career Development System*
      An associate degree in an early childhood related field from a regionally accredited college or university Transcript indicating the successful completion of an associate degree in an early childhood related field from a regionally accredited college or university
      A bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university Transcript indicating the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university

      *Certificates issued by Louisiana Pathways indicating level placement within the Louisiana Pathways Career Development System are not qualifying evidence.

    3. Mail completed Application for Ancillary Certification Form, Professional Conduct Form, and required evidence (transcripts or certificates) to:

      Division of Certification Preparation and Recruitment
      LA Department of Education
      P. O. Box 94064
      Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9064

7. When do I need to do to renew my Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate?

The Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate will need to be renewed every three years at no cost. In order to qualify for renewal, the applicant will need to get their employer’s recommendation. Their employer will be asked to recommend an applicant based on effective performance in the early childhood classroom. With the employer recommendation, the applicant will then need to submit a request for renewal and submit documentation of both of the following:

          • 4.5 Continuing Education Units, or a three-credit-hour course, or 45 hours of training in Early Childhood Care and Education and
          • A minimum of 80 hours of work experience with young children or families with young children within the last three years

 In lieu of these two items, an applicant may also submit proof of a renewed CDA credential.

Earning a Qualifying Credential for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate

8. What is a Child Development Associate (CDA)?

The CDA credential is a widely recognized national credential that is designed for early childhood teachers. This credential is awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition. The credential is based on a core set of competency standards and requires the completion of several tasks, including a set of required training hours, experience in a group child care setting, professional portfolio, observation, and assessment. In order to use the CDA credential to qualify for the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate, you must also have a high school diploma or equivalent.

9. Is there financial support available to help with completing one of the qualifying certificates for the Early Childhood Ancillary Teaching Certificate?

Yes. Financial support is available for early childhood educators that are pursuing advanced and professional early childhood educator certifications can apply for scholarship funding through Louisiana Pathways. Louisiana Pathways will review applications for financial assistance to help pay for the CDA Credential Assessment Fee, administrative trainings, and college tuition costs.

10. How can I obtain a copy of my high school diploma or transcript, or high school equivalency diploma or transcript?

Individuals can obtain a copy of their transcripts from the local school, school district, or the Louisiana Department of education. Information on requesting a copy of a duplicate transcript from the Louisiana Department of Education can be found here.

11. What does “BESE-approved provider” mean?

Beginning January 1, 2018 all individuals that are applying for the Early Childhood Ancillary Certificate through a completed CDA or technical diploma will be required to provide proof that their coursework was completed at a BESE-approved provider. BESE-approved providers will be teacher preparation programs that have submitted an application to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the LDE, and have received approval based on their application. It is expected that BESE-approved providers will include colleges, technical schools, and private providers (such as an individual program or Child Care Resource and Referral center for CDA program).

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