The Nevada Early Care and Education Professional Career Ladder is the cornerstone of the Registry’s recognition system and is based on what research has shown about the importance of specialized training in Early Childhood Education (ECE) and the correlation between formal education and quality environments for children.
The ladder views ECE as a distinct and separate body of knowledge and area of specialization and is specific to the field of ECE. Consisting of multiple levels representing various combinations of formal education, training and direct experience (up to 4000 hours), the Career Ladder levels are a measure of formal education in ECE gained by successfully completing courses at the community college and/or university level and are awarded by The Nevada Registry based on either accumulated credits or degrees earned. Follow this path to achieve your educational and professional goals!
*Members are placed at levels based on the documentation provided to The Nevada Registry. Though difficult to determine the actual percentage, it is known that a number of members have submitted only what is necessary to become compliant with Child Care Licensing (in conjunction with mandatory participation), not what is needed to place at the level commensurate with their completed college courses/degrees in ECE. As a result, it should not be assumed that members placing at the non-degree levels of the ladder do not possess formal education and training beyond a High School diploma or that they do not possess higher education degrees.