Certification Renewal Q&A
Updated September 1, 2015
Does Early Educator Certification (EEC) expire?
Yes, all certifications have an expiration date. Your certification is valid for three or five years based on your EEC level. Your individual expiration date can be found on your certificate and card.
The EEC team encourages you to apply at least four months prior to the expiration date to guarantee renewal before your certificate expires.
What education or continuing education is required for renewal?
CEU requirements for ECE Scale were reduced 10/1/2014.
To maintain EEC, individuals certified on the Early Care and Education Professional Scale must continue their professional development by completing three (3) semester hours or four (4) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or a combination of the two within their certification validity period.
Those certified on the School Age Professional Scale must complete two (2) semester hours or three (3) Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or a combination of the two within their certification validity period.
What types of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) are accepted toward renewal?
If you are eligible to complete CEUs for professional development, you must make sure that the CEUs meet the following criteria:
Do CEUs count for DCDEE in-service training hours?
CEUs may be counted as in-service training hours for facility licensure purposes if the following are true:
Keep a copy of your CEU document in your files for regulatory consultant use.
Can I renew with training certificates?
In-service training hours, clock hours, and contact hours (CHCs) cannot be used to renew EEC. CEUs must be awarded to count for EEC renewal. If CEUs were awarded they will be indicated on your certificate. Examples of what to look for on training certificates can be found here.
Are 4.0 CEUs actually four classes/trainings?
Not necessarily. The number of classes/trainings that you will need to take in order to get 4.0 CEUs will vary. If you are taking them in 0.5 increments, you will do this eight (8) times. You will spend approximately 40 hours of your time to earn 4.0 CEUs.
Is there any financial support for college credits?
Funding for renewal credits is available through T.E.A.C.H. Quick Start/Final Step scholarship. Click here to learn more.
Is there any financial support for taking continuing education units?
Funding for renewal continuing education units from NC community college grant foundations available by individual campus.
The Institute and its partners offer free and reduced cost CEUs. Check the CEU Events Calendar for more details.
How do I document my continued education?
Submit an official transcript for college courses or include the following for CEUs:
How do I document that I taught formal coursework to meet my EEC renewal requirements?
To meet renewal requirements through teaching formal coursework, individuals should submit a letter from the school indicating the name of a least one 3 semester hour course that was taught during the individual’s validity period. The course must be in general education, school age or early childhood. The letter can be from the registrar, the dean of the college or HR.
How do I document that I taught CEUs to meet my EEC renewal requirements?
To meet renewal by teaching CEUs, individuals should submit a copy of a sample certificate for each CEU training they provided along with a copy of the training roster for each session. Each CEU session may be counted toward renewal only once per validity period and must fall under one of the nine topic areas. CEUs must also be a minimum of .5 CEUs each. A total of 4 CEUs is required to meet renewal, but can be a combination of CEUs taught and taken.
How do I find CEUs?
CEUs are available across the state as options for EEC renewal. Some CEU sessions may be available online and others are completed in-person. Visit CEU Events (see blue bar above) to find a variety of organizations that offer CEUs.
Learn more about CEUs by visiting the Institute’s Continuing Education Library.
Why are 5 hour CEUs (0.5 CEUs) required?
CEUs of 5 hours or more with content approved by an EEC recognized body may be used to meet EEC renewal requirements. CEUs are used by many professions as a source of ongoing training. Public school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree may take 1 hour CEU sessions that build up on their 4-year college education. The vast majority of the child care field does not yet hold a college degree, requiring that more in-depth training be provided.
What college credit courses count as birth to five or schoolage coursework?
Click here for the list of current NC Community College education courses and how they are counted for Early Educator Certification.
How do I apply for renewal?
Download the application and submit it via US Mail along with the fee and documentation that you met your renewal requirements. Please use the application checklist to ensure you submit all the appropriate materials.
Can I renew if I have not completed college coursework or CEUs since I last applied to EEC?
No, you must meet your renewal requirements before you are eligible.
If I have a college degree do I still have to continue my education?
Yes. All early educators certified through EEC must continue their education. This does not mean that they must obtain another degree.
Can I get a duplicate certificate if my certificate has expired?
No. Not unless you have met the renewal requirements and are applying for renewal.
I also have endorsements that I’d like to renew. Where can I learn more?
Visit the endorsement section of our website to learn more about our available endorsements and how to renew each one.