Why Get Certified
Use it to Apply for Employment
Your EEC identification number provides you and employers with a point-of-hire document. Note employers may require their staff to hold or become and maintain their Early Educator Certification.
Use It for Facility License Education Points
EEC is a teacher education equivalency in DCDEE rule. That means an EEC level can be used by the regulatory consultant as a verified form of education documentation during site visits. The DCDEE Workforce Unit can use the EEC level for individuals applying to be a Lead Teacher, Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider and/or Program Coordinator. The updated Star Rating charts show how EEC can be used to calculate teacher education points for the positions above.
The EEC Unit shares EEC levels for all certified early educators with DCDEE each month so you do not need to send transcripts to DCDEE too.
Effective 8/1/12: Early Educator Certification was added in rule as an additional education equivalency option for the Star Rated License. This new equivalency option may allow individuals to qualify as Lead Teacher, Teacher, Family Child Care Home Provider and/or Program Coordinator using their current EEC certificate. More information will be coming soon regarding the DCDEE process to follow when individuals determine they want to use this education option regarding facility licensure.
Use It to Save Time & Money Purchasing & Sharing Transcripts
One stamp, many uses, cost savings! Once an early educator is certified, she/he need only to submit updated transcripts for new college courses and degrees to EEC to have their education level updated by EEC, WAGE$ and DCDEE.
Get Professional Recognition
Certified early educators receive professional recognition with a frame-ready certificate and wallet-sized card with their certification level. This helps parents, employers, friends, neighbors and more understand the importance of the work you do and the education you have earned.
Access Benefits, REWARDS & Discounted Goods & Services
Through EEC Rewards and Benefits, certified early educators can access free training offered by the Institute. You can save on early learning supplies and equipment, movie tickets, phones, food, technology and more! You can access low-cost banking services, insurance options and work-life resources! All are available online with your EEC ID number here.
Early Educator Certification (EEC) is About You
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How to Apply
The simple, fee-based EEC Application process includes the submission of an application and official transcripts. EEC does not require a test or specific college course.
Step 1: Choose which scale you want to be certified (or apply for both)
Step 2: Order your official transcripts if you have completed college coursework.
Step 3: Complete the application. Doublecheck your email address as this is where you will receive application information and updates.
Step 4: Attach the fee to your application and send to the Institute.
Step 5: Watch for an email with your EEC ID so you can begin using EEC Rewards.
Education earned is the basis for EEC. To be counted for EEC, coursework must have been taken at a regionally accredited college or university. All public community colleges and universities in North Carolina are regionally accredited. For a list of regionally accredited college and university programs go to the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
Application & Forms
How do I renew my certification?
Learn more about and EEC Renewal here.
For more information about EEC contact staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 919-942-7442.
Be Part of a Certified Profession
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