CEUs and Early Educators
Commitment to Informing Practice
To support the advancement of the state’s early childhood professional development system to be inclusive of in-depth trainings that are structured to impact practice, North Carolina’s early childhood partners have worked together to lay the foundation for a professional development system inclusive of CEUs.
A 1.0 CEU or continuing education unit is equivalent to 10 hours of pre-planned, cohesive training guided by learning objectives and learner assessments.
CEUs are growing quickly in NC. Click on the CEU Events Calendar in the blue bar at the top of the page to access options available across the state.
Certification Renewal Requirements & CEUs
Highlight the Certification & Licensure on the left of your screen and click on EEC Renewal to access information about individual certification renewal requirements.
Use of CEUs for DCDEE Contact Hours
If the adult educator providing CEUs is endorsed by the Institute, DCDEE will accept the CEUs as in-service training hours if they meet the requirements for the individual’s professional development for facility licensure. This will allow use of the CEU documentation for both EEC renewal and DCDEE facility licensure.
CEUs for EEC Renewal
EEC CEUs – Five-hour Minimum
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 indepth training be provided.
CEUs of 5 hours or more with content approved by an EEC recognized body may be used to meet EEC renewal requirements.
CEU Announcement Sample
Download sample CEU announcement description to help you share important information certified Early Educators are seeking in advertising your sessions.
Documenting a CEU
Documentation of a CEU for EEC renewal must include:
Note: An official transcript may be used to document CEUs provided by a regionally accredited community college or university.
Approving Bodies for CEU Content for EEC Renewal
Quality control measures and approval processes utilized by the existing systems offering CEUs to many professions will approve the CEU content for EEC renewal purposes. Adult educators who are interested in offering CEUs for EEC renewal are strongly encouraged to contact the approval body you will work with to have your CEUs approved PRIOR to designing or offering your session to assure you meet their guidelines for CEU content.
Approving bodies for CEU content for EEC Renewal recognized by the Institute include:
CEU Quick Notes
CEU Topic Areas
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Sample CEU Outlines