Introduction to the PK-3 ECE Specialist Instruction Credential

The PK-3 Early Childhood Education (ECE) Specialist Instruction Credential focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for young children in grades PK through 3. PK-3 teachers are expected to design, implement, and facilitate learning activities throughout this grade span which engage students according to their developmental levels. Classroom learning activities need to take into consideration and value each child’s cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and cultural experiences, and other relevant background characteristics, assets and abilities as well as any area(s) of special needs. Developmentally appropriate practices foster young children’s joyful learning and help maximize the opportunities for all children to achieve their full potential.

This credential recognizes and values the rich background and extensive experience candidates who come from current and/or prior work in the ECE field bring to their preparation programs. Taken together, these prior work experiences, knowledge and wisdom can provide foundational preparation in child development and early childhood education to support candidates' transition from the Child Development Permit system to earning the PK-3 ECE Specialist Instruction Credential and serving as a teacher in a PK-3 ECE classroom setting.

PK-3 ECE Specialist Instruction Credential Handbook - includes the Authorization Statement, Program Standards, and Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

Important Message:
At this time, the Commission is not yet accepting Notices of Intent to Submit or program proposals for the PK-3 Early Childhood Education (ECE) credential. The Commission is completing the work to prepare the regulatory packet for submission to the Office of Administrative Law which will establish the requirements in law. Staff is also working to develop the criteria and submission requirements for these new programs. This website will provide updates on when the Commission will be able to receive program proposals and information will also be made available in the PSD Enews. Anticipated date for accepting Notices of Intent to Submit is late January/early February 2023.  

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - coming soon

Power Point Presentations

Agenda Items

  • August 2022 - Adoption of Authorization and Credential Requirements
  • October 2022 - Adoption of Program Preconditions, Program Standards, and Teaching Performance Expectations (TPEs)

Recorded Meetings and Webinars

Updated November 29, 2022