Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3?

State Kindergarten-Through-Third-Grade Policies

Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3?

June 2018


This information was collected from state statutes, rules and regulations. A profile was sent to each state for review and modification, as needed.
 

Does the state have an early learning endorsement or license specific to K-3? Citations
Alabama Early Child Development Certificate, birth to age 4. Early Childhood Education Certificate, pre-kindergarten to grade 3. Elementary Education Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-3-.04.01;
Ala. Admin. Code 290-3-2-.05
Alaska Endorsements exist in Early Childhood Education, Birth to Grade 3, or Pre-K to Grade 3. Alaska Admin. Code tit. 4, § 12.390
Arizona An Early Childhood Endorsement, Birth to Age 8 endorsement. Ariz. Admin. Code R7-2-615
Arkansas A pre-kindergarten to fourth grade certification exists. Code Ark. R. 005.24.1-11
California
Colorado Elementary Education Endorsement, kindergarten to grade 6. 1 Colo. Code Regs. § 301-37:2260.5-R-7.01 (1)(d)(i)
Connecticut Early Childhood Certificate, infants to grade 3. Elementary Certificate, pre-kindergarten to grade 6. Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-145d-429
Conn. Agencies Regs. 10-145d-434
Delaware Early Childhood Teacher Certificate, birth to grade two. Elementary Teacher Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
Code Del. Regs. 14 1500
District of Columbia Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. D.C. Code Ann. § 38-110 was repealed.
Florida Preschool Education Certificate, birth to age 4. Elementary Education Certificate, kindergarten to grade 6. Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0141
Fla. Admin. Code Ann. r. 6A-4.0151
Georgia Educator preparation rules include separate content standards for approving endorsement programs that prepare individuals to work and teach children from birth through kindergarten and from grades P-5. Ga. Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.13
Ga Comp. R. & Regs. 505-3-.14
Hawaii Not specified in statute, rules or regulations. Haw. Code R. 8-54-9.1 et. seq.
Idaho The Birth through Grade Three endorsement allows one to teach in any educational setting birth through grade three. Idaho Admin. Code r. 08.02.02.022
Illinois Professional educators may receive an early childhood endorsement. Ill. Admin. Code tit. 23, § 26.100
Indiana Early childhood education setting and license content area, Pre-K to grade 3. 511 Ind. Admin. Code 15-4-1
511 Ind. Admin. Code 10.1-3-6
Iowa Not specified in statute, rules or regulations.
Kansas Birth through Kindergarten endorsement, Birth through Grade 3 endorsement and Prekindergarten through grade 3 endorsement. Kan. Admin. Regs. 91-1-202
Kentucky Professional certificate for interdisciplinary early childhood education, birth to primary. 16 Ky. Admin. Regs. 2:040
Louisiana Certification for education programs for grades PK-3. 28 La. Admin. Code Pt XLV, 709
Maine An early elementary teacher endorsement allows a teacher to teach students in kindergarten through grade 3. Code Me. R. tit. 05-071 Ch. 115, Pt. II., § 1
Maryland Early childhood education certification (Pk-3); PK-6 Mathematics instructional leader endorsement; Reading specialist certification. Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.02.03
Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.02.25
Md. Code Regs. 13A.12.03.05
Massachusetts Early childhood educator license, pre-kindergarten to garde 2. 603 Mass. Code Regs. 7.04
Michigan Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 380.1531
Minnesota Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Minn. Stat. Ann. § 122A.18
Mississippi Not specified in statute, rules, or regulation. Code Miss. R. 7-4*

* This citation is difficult to search for. Try " 7-4. Licensure Guidelines K-12"
Missouri Early Childhood Education Certificate, birth to grade three. Mo. Code Regs. Ann. tit. 5, § 20-400.510
Montana Early Childhood Endorsement, age 3 through grade 3. Elementary Education Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 8. Mont. Admin. R. 10.57.412
Nebraska Elementary Education Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 8. Early Childhood Education Endorsement, prekindergarten through grade 3 (requires the teacher to hold an Elementary Education Endorsement, the early childhood endorsement is supplemental). 92 Neb. Admin. Code Ch. 24, 006
Nevada Early Childhood License, birth to grade 2. Elementary License, kindergarten through eighth grade. Nev. Admin. Code 391.089
Nev. Admin. Code 391.090
New Hampshire Elementary Education Certification, kindergarten through grade 6 (non-content specific qualifications). Elementary Education Certification, kindergarten through grade 8 (content concentration in English/language arts, mathematics, social studies or general science). Early Childhood Certification, birth through grade 3. NH ADC ED 507.11
NH ADC ED 507.18
New Jersey Preschool through grade three Endorsement, preschool through grade 3. Elementary School Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 6. N.J. Admin. Code § 6A:9B-9.3
New Mexico Early Childhood Education License, Pre-K to Grade 3. N.M. Admin. Code 6.61.12
New York Early Childhood Education Certificate, birth to grade 2. Childhood Education Certificate, grades 1 through 6. N.Y. Comp. Codes R. & Regs. tit. 8, § 80-3.2
North Carolina Prekindergarten License, birth to prekindergarten. Elementary License, kindergarten through grade 6. 16 N.C. Admin. Code 6C.0304
North Dakota Elementary Endorsement, kindergarten through grade 6. Kindergarten Endorsement, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Early Childhood Endorsement, birth to grade three. N.D. Admin. Code 67.1-02-03-02
https://www.nd.gov/espb/sites/www/files/documents/License%20Code%20Manual%202017-2018%20%20Final.pdf
Ohio Early Childhood License, prekindergarten to grade three. Ohio Admin. Code 3301-24-05
Oklahoma Early Childhood Education Certificate, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Elementary School Certificate, grades 1 through grade 8. Okla. Admin. Code 210:20-9-9
Oregon Early Childhood Endorsement, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. The endorsement is not required to teach prek-3. Or. Admin. R. 584-225-0070
Pennsylvania Early Childhood Certificate, pre-kindergarten through grade three or ages 3 through 8. Elementary Certificate, kindergarten through grade 6 or age 4 through 11. 22 Pa. Code § 49.85
Rhode Island Early Childhood Education Teacher Certification, pre-kindergarten through grade two. Elementary Education Teacher Certificate, grade one through grade 6. R.I. Code R. 21-2-59:9
South Carolina Early Childhood Certification, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. S.C. Code Ann. § 59-155-180
South Dakota Early Childhood Endorsement, birth through grade 3. S.D. Admin. R. 24:28:19:01
Tennessee Early Childhood Education endorsement, Pre-kindergarten through third grade. Tenn. Comp. R. & Regs. 0520-02-04-.07
Texas Early Childhood Certification, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Tex. Educ. Code Ann. § 21.0489
Utah Early Childhood License, kindergarten through grade 3. Utah Admin. Code r. R277-504
Vermont Early Childhood Deevelopment Endorsement, birth through grade 3. 7-1 Vt. Code R. § 13:5440-36
Virginia Early/primary education endorsement, pre-kindergarten through grade 3. Elementary education endorsement, grades prek-6. 8 Va. Admin. Code 20-22-150
Washington Early Childhood Endorsement, birth to grade 3. Elementary Endorsement, Kindergarten to grade 8. Wash. Admin. Code 181-82-201
West Virginia Early Education License, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten. Early Childhood License, grades K-4. Elementary Education License, grades K-6. W. Va. Code R. tit. 126, Series 136, App. A
Wisconsin Early Childhood, Regular Education, birth through age 8. Early Childhood through Middle Childhood, Regular Educaiton, birth through age 11. Wis. Admin. Code PI § 34.27
Wyoming Early Childhood Endorsement, Birth to age 8 or Grade 3. Wyo. Admin. Code § AI TSB Ch. 4 s 4

© 2018 by the Education Commission of the States (ECS). All rights reserved. ECS is the only nationwide, nonpartisan interstate compact devoted to education. 700 Broadway #810, Denver, CO 80203-3442

To request permission to excerpt part of this publication, either in print or electronically, please contact the Education Commission of the States’ Communications Department at 303.299.3609 or askinner@ecs.org.

Your Education Policy Team  www.ecs.org