As of 2015, candidates for a certificate in early childhood education must complete a course in the subject and pass a test on the material in order to earn certification. Furthermore, individuals who want to use their certificate to work at a school also need a post-secondary degree.
At many post-secondary schools, students can earn an early childhood education certificate as part of an education degree program. The certificate may be earned as part of either an associate or bachelor degree program. Independent certification is also available from institutions like the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for individuals who have already completed post-secondary studies or are looking for certification only.