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.

Learn more about the CDA

Training and Technical Assistance Professional Credential (T-TAP)

Formerly the Early Learning Trainer Credential

The Early Learning T-TAP Credential formally recognizes the value and specialized knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for those who provide community-based professional development to early care and education programs and providers. The T-TAP has several designations, detailed below. The T-Tap is issued by NYAEYC.

T-TAP Professional Development Specialist (PDS)

The PDS designation is for individuals providing non-credit bearing in-person group professional development on general early childhood and/or school age content.

Learn more about the Professional Development Specialist designation

T-TAP Coach Designation

The Coach designation is for individuals who provide coaching which is defined as a relationship based process led by an expert with specialized and adult learning knowledge and skills, who often serves in a different professional role than the recipient(s).

Learn more about the Coach designation

T-TAP Content Specialist (CS)

The Content Specialist designation is for individuals who provide non-credit bearing, in-person professional development in their area of expertise that is other than early childhood/school-age content but relevant to quality program.

Learn more about the Professional Development Specialist Designation

Family Child Care Credential

The New York State Family Child Care Credential is designed to focus on the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary for the care and education of New York’s youngest children outside the home. The credential formally recognizes those practitioners who demonstrate their competence, knowledge and professional practice in the areas of professional family child care, child development, healthy home learning environments, and business practices.

Infant-Toddler Care & Education Credentials

The New York State Infant Toddler Care & Education Credential (ITCEC) is designed to formally recognize those teachers and caregivers who show:

  • A dedicated knowledge of infant and toddler development
  • The partnership of caregivers with the families of the children in their care
  • Professional practice based on respect for the individual, the system, and themselves

This credential focuses only on infants and toddlers, not as an add-on to a preschool credential. This credential incorporates the NYS Core Body of Knowledge, NYS childcare regulations, and the Code of Ethics of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).