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Utah Career Ladder

Level One (Basic)

            Content Areas
            Health (H), Safety (S) and Basic Child Development (BCD) including:

-Creating a safe environment

-Preventing and reducing injuries

-Promoting good health

-Nutrition

-Illness Prevention

-Basic strategies for working with children and introduction to child development

 

Required Training

-First Aid Certification

-CPR Certification (includes infant & child)

                AND one option listed below

30 hours of any online or face to face Level 1 approved Career Ladder courses 

A 2 credit college course from an accredited university completed within the past 5 years, specific to early childhood or the ages you currently work with.

Community Career Ladder Level 1 Classes

To see other classes being offered for Level 1:

-Go to careaboutchildcare.utah.gov and select Class Calendar and sort on Career Ladder Level 1

-or Check with your local CAC Agency here

 

 

Level 2-3 (Basic)

                 Content Areas

                Areas of Child Development(ACD) including:

ACD - 1  Learning Environment

ACD - 2 Physical and Intellectual Development

ACD - 3 Social and Emotional Development

ACD - 4 Families

ACD - 5 Program Management

ACD - 6 Professionalism

ACD - 7 Observing and Recording

ACD - 8 Child Development

 

Training Options

Career Ladder Level 1 AND 40 hours of classes, 10 hours in 4 of the 8 child development content areas.

Level 3:

Career Ladder Level 2 AND 40 hours of classes, 10 hours training in the remaining 4 child development content areas

CAC Career Ladder Classes 10 hours each

  1. Learning Environment: Great Place for Kids
  2. Physical and Intellectual: Strong and Smart
  3. Social and Emotional: Learning to Get Along
  4. Families: Working Together
  5. Program Management: Creating Good Child Care
  6. Professionalism in Child Care: More Than Babysitting
  7. Observing & Recording: Looking to Learn
  8. Child Development: Advanced Child Development

OR

Community Career Ladder Level 2 & 3 Classes

To see what other classes are being offered for Levels 2 & 3:

-Go to careaboutchildcare.utah.gov and select Class Calendar and sort on Career Ladder Levels 2 & 3

-or Check with your local CAC Agency here

-See approved online Level 2 & 3 classes HERE

 

Level 4 (Demonstrated Competency)

-Child Development Associate Credential (CDA)

-For an updated list of other Demonstrated Competencies that can be used for Level 4 go here

 

Levels 5-8 (Specialized)

                Content Areas

                Specialized Topics (SP-E)

 

Levels 5 – 8:

Option 1 - Previous Career Ladder Level (4-7) AND

40 hours of upper level career ladder courses specialized for each Level advancement

 

Community Career Ladder Levels 5-8 Classes

To see what other classes are being offered for

Levels 5-8:

- Go to careaboutchildcare.utah.gov and select Class Calendar and sort on Career Ladder Levels 5-8

-or Check with your local CAC Agency here

-See approved online Level 5-8 classes HERE

 

Option 2 – CEU Credit

For each Level - 3 early childhood CEU credits that have not already been used to earn a Career Ladder Level and have been completed within the past 5 years. For a list of suggested CEU options see list HERE

Option 3 - College Credits

For each Level - 3 early childhood college credits from an accredited university, that have not already been used to earn a Career Ladder Level and have been completed within the past 5 years

Option 4 – Professional Activities

Go HERE for details

 

Level 9 (Associates Degree)

Option 1 - Associate Degree from an accredited college or university that includes 15 semester credits or 22.5 quarter credits in early childhood education or specific to the ages you work with.

Option 2 – Level 8 plus an Associate Degree from an accredited college or university in a non early childhood related field

 

 

Level 10 (Bachelor Degree)

Option 1 – Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university that includes 15 semester credits or 22.5 quarter credits in early childhood education or specific to the ages you work with.

Option 2 – Level 8 plus a Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university in a non early childhood related field

 

 

To find out where you are on the career ladder you can log in to your Care About Childcare profile here

To check institute for accreditation you can search here https://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.aspx