Early Childhood Teacher Education Policies: Research Review and State Trends

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This paper provides policymakers with a review of published research on early care and education (ECE) workforce education and credentials, as well as research on the current status of ECE wages, recruitment and retention challenges, and promising practices. It summarizes trends in state requirements regarding ECE teachers with bachelor’s degrees and specialized certification, licensure, or endorsements of pre-K teachers. Included are examples of state funding sources and strategies to increase the percentage of ECE teachers with bachelor’s degrees and ECE credentials. Moreover, the paper describes promising practices employed by some states designed to retain educated and credentialed ECE teachers. The paper concludes with recommended actions and strategies, based on research and state suggestions, regarding approaches that states can use to recruit and retain teachers with bachelor’s degrees and ECE credentials.


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46 pp.
Early childhood workforce status and professional development