Early Childhood Degree

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  1. NewTeacher12345

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    I have a few questions about earning another degree. I am currently certified for Elementary 1-6, but have interest in teaching K and Pre-K. Has anyone ever gone back for an early childhood degree after getting an elementary level degree or vice versa? Would I have to go get another entire bachelors degree and student teach again, or is there an easier way around it?
     
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    NewTeacher12345,
    You need to check with your state department of education. I've worked in 3 states, and in 2 of them, it was just an add-on endorsement. In the other one, it was just 2 classes and an add-on endorsement. Get the specifics from YOUR state DOE, because every single state has different requirements. I can't imagine any state making you get an entire new bachelor's degree or redo student teaching to add it. That would be ludicrous if you are already certified in 1-6, elementary ed.
     
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    Yes, you need to check with your state. It’s different everywhere. I truly lucked into my ECE certification. The state where I earned my initial certification considered elementary to be K-9. Then, when I transferred my certification to my current state, they automatically gave me an ECE certification because their elementary certification only covered grades 1-6. Since I was certified to teach K in the first state, they thought I should be certified to teach K in the second state, and they gave me the certification, simple as that. In general, though, I think it’s just an add-on certification achieved by taking a test.
     
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    That happened for me, too. I felt a little better about it because my associates is in Early Childhood Development, and is basically the equivalent of a CDA. (It's an AA, instead, because I wanted to continue to my BA.) But I at least have a strong background in ECE, and probably could have passed the Praxis if they made me take it. Of course, I teach high school now, so...
     
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    I had a friend who looked into it last year. ( Pre- K) She would have had to go back to school for 2 years. She was certified for K-6. Like others mentioned, every state is probably different. Also, it is possible districts are too. I think she may have been able to teach Pre K in a much less desirable district with her degree, extra coursework she'd taken, and probably a test. That part, I am not sure about.
     

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