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Scholars Education Options: College Credits, Certificates and Credentials

Bachelor's Degrees* – Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees in child development, early childhood education or a related field of study require additional college credit and specialized study and may be obtained through the universities. For this pilot scholarship, limited scholarships are available only through East Central University, Northeastern State University and the University of Central Oklahoma.

Associate Degrees* – Associate in Arts (A.A.), Associate in Science (A.S.) or Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.) degrees in child development, early childhood education or a related field of study require a minimum of 60 credit hours and may be obtained through the community colleges.

DCoM* – The Director’s Certificate of Mastery in early care education administration is a 33-credit hour certificate available only through Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City for directors, assistant directors and family child care providers.

DCoC – The Director’s Certificate of Completion is a minimum 24-credit hour certificate awarded by the Scholars program and is available for directors, assistant directors and family child care home providers only.

SACoC – The School Age Certificate of Completion is an 18-credit hour certificate awarded by the Scholars program and is only available for teachers and directors of year-round school-age programs.

CoM* – The Certificate of Mastery in child development or early childhood education is a minimum 18- credit hour certificate awarded by the community colleges.

CDA Credential* – The Child Development Associate is a national credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition to child care professionals who have successfully completed the CDA assessment process. The education component for the CDA can be met through Pathway to CDA training or nine credit hours of child development/early childhood education.

Pathway Competency Certificate – The Pathway Competency Certificate is awarded to individuals who have completed the Early Education: Pathway to CDA training taken through career technology centers and leading toward the national CDA credential.  

Early Education: Pathway to CDA – The Pathway to CDA is a comprehensive Child Development Associate curriculum, available through career technology centers, that provides CDA training and prepares child care professionals for the national CDA credential awarded by the Council for Professional Recognition.

Scholarships are available to eligible child care professionals who meet requirements for the Scholars program. For more information about career technology center, community college and CDA Assessment scholarships, call 866.343.3881 or 405.225.9395 or visit those scholarship pages on this site (see menu at right).

*These credentials are on the REWARD Oklahoma scales. By advancing your child care career through higher education, you could receive a salary supplement from REWARD Oklahoma, if eligible. For more information, visit www.cecpd.org or call the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development at 888.446.7608 (toll free) or 405.799.6383 (direct).