Becoming a daycare teacher in Louisiana requires the applicant to fulfill certain standards that are set in the state's administration code and regulated by the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE). As of July 2019, the LDOE now requires all Type III daycare teachers to obtain an Early Childhood Ancillary Certification. Type III daycares are those that receive partial money from some type of public funding source, and because public funds are being used, it is important that all lead teachers have the credentials and qualifications in place to properly care for young children.
Childcare Teacher Certification in Louisiana
|Average Salary for Preschool Teachers in Louisiana (2018) *||$32,290|
|Required Degree||High school diploma or equivalent|
|Degree Field||Child development or early childhood education|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step 1: Complete Education and Certification Requirements
A daycare teacher candidate must possess the minimum of a high school diploma or a GED. The candidate must also complete a program that results in a Child Development Associates (CDA) certification. The program must be recognized by the Council for Professional Recognition and be in an infant/toddler or preschool concentration. The candidate must choose a CDA program that is a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE)-approved preparation program. Many educational institutions such as universities, community colleges, and technical schools provide a CDA program. A list of providers can be found on the LDOE website.
CDA certification programs consist of 120 hours of coursework and training, and no more than 35 clock hours of teacher training in a daycare setting. The purpose of the CDA is to properly train all daycare staff with the content knowledge and childcare practices needed to safely and effectively care for infants, toddlers, and young children in a daycare setting.
Step 2: Complete Application Requirements
After completing the education and certification requirements mandated by the state, the applicant must apply for the initial Ancillary Early Childhood Certification (AECC) that is issued by the LDOE. This application has no fee. The application process is completed online on the Teach Louisiana website. The applicant will need to download the application packet for the AECC initial license through the certificate and forms link on the Teach Louisiana page. The packet will be downloaded in PDF format so that it can be filled out, updated, and saved. The completed application must be electronically signed and sent back along with supporting documents. A CDA qualifying addendum and an information packet for a criminal background check must be included as well. There is a link provided on the application that provides access to the online forum that will be used to submit all required documents. The LDOE will verify that the applicant has satisfied all the requirements to be a daycare teacher, and will then issue a Level 1 certification to teach for a daycare in Louisiana. The initial license will be valid for 3 years before renewal requirements must be completed.