Maryland Office of Child Care regulations that teachers in a Pre-School Setting must be qualified. Below is an outline of what requirements are needed to meet state regulations for child care and preschools. H&H is here to support you through the process and get you trained in what you need!
Child Care Teachers in Preschool Centers.
A. To qualify as a child care teacher in a preschool center, an individual shall be
19 years old or older, and meet one of the following criteria: (1) The individual holds or has successfully completed:
(a) A high school diploma, a certificate of high school equivalence, or courses for credit from an accredited college or university;
(b) 6 semester hours or 90 clock hours or their equivalent of approved pre-service training, or hold the Child Development Associate Credential issued by the Child Development Associate National Credentialing Program; ( Available with H&H through the approved MSDE training, 45 Hour Growth and Development and 45 Hour Pre-School Methods and Materials. )
(c) 9 clock hours of approved pre-service training in communicating with staff, parents, and the public, or at least one academic college course for credit; ( available online through ChildCareEd.com)
(d) Effective January 1, 2016, 3 clock hours of approved training in complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act; and ( available for onsite training and in class sessions at H&H Germantown and Damascus Locations)
(e) At least one of the following: (i) 1 year of experience working under supervision primarily with preschoolers in a licensed child care center, nursery school, church-operated school, or similar setting, or as a registered family child care provider caring for preschoolers; or (ii) 1 year of college, or a combination of experience and college that together are equivalent to 1 year;
(2) The individual holds an associate's or higher degree with approved courses in early childhood education;
(3) The individual qualified before July 1, 2008, as a child care teacher in a preschool center and has been continuously employed since that time at the same or another preschool center; or
(4) The individual: (a) Has been approved as a teacher by the Department for early childhood in nursery school through third grade; or (b) Is certified by the Department or by any other state for early childhood in nursery school through third grade.
B. A child care teacher in a preschool center shall: (1) According to the individual's professional development plan, complete approved continued training, at the rate of at least 12 clock hours per full year of employment as a child care teacher, that consists of a: (a) Minimum of 6 clock hours of core of knowledge training; and