The Connecticut Charts-a-Course Career Ladder

The Career Ladder is an easy to understand display of steps in a person's professional development rise from entry level training through the various degree programs. It is based on research that shows the value of specialty training in early childhood education and development in addition to the completion of college degrees. You may enter at any level of the career ladder as long as you meet the requirements for that particular step. The Career Ladder also reflects various state and national standards and the existing courses of study in Connecticut institutions of higher education. The Career Ladder changes as these standards and programs evolve.

You can view the requirements for each step by rolling your mouse over the number designating a step on the ladder. Click here for a printable diagram of the career ladder.

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Early Childhood Education (ECE) degrees may include:
  • Degrees in Early Childhood Education and Child Studies, Child Development, Human Development and Family Relations, Early Childhood Special Education, or similar majors with a concentration in ECE courses.
Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits and degrees must include:
  • Study of the education or development of young children less than five years of age.
Elementary Education (ElEd) / After School Education (ASE) degrees may include:
  • Degrees in Elementary Education, Special Education, Youth Studies, Recreation, Family Social Sciences.
Elementary Education (ElEd) / After School Education (ASE) degrees must include:
  • Study of the education and/or development of children age 5-12 years of age.

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