Higher Education Opportunities

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The Office of Child Care (OCC) and the Utah Registry or Professional Development (URPD) support higher education programs and provide resources to assist youth and early learning professionals with earning college credits and pursuing a degree in the field.

Early EdU Online College Courses

Certified Childcare Professional CredentialIn partnership with the Utah Early EdU Collaboration, OCC offers online college- level courses to early childhood professionals working in licensed child care facilities. Each three-credit course costs participants less than $75.

Questions about Early EdU? Please e-mail earlyedu@utah.gov

T.E.A.C.H. Scholarship Program

Certified Childcare Professional CredentialOCC supports Teacher Education and Compensation Helps (T.E.A.C.H.) Early Childhood, a scholarship program offered through the Utah Association for the Education of Young Children (UAEYC). The program provides higher education scholarships for teachers and administrators working in licensed child care programs in Utah who have a desire to obtain an Associate degree.

For more information, visit the website for T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Utah or email teach@uaeyc.org.

Tuition Reimbursement

URPD provides tuition reimbursement (up to $150) for college-level early childhood courses. Professionals who work at least 15 hours a week in a paid position at a child care program licensed by Child Care Licensing and do not have access to other funding or financial assistance are eligible.

Apply for a Tuition Reimbursement

The Career Ladder System and Higher Education

College credits may be used to fulfill requirements for many of the levels on the Career Ladder. Requirements for Levels 9-12 include completing college degrees. Learn more on the Career Ladder System page.

Professionals may upload documentation of college credits and degrees to their URPD transcript within the Care About Childcare website in order to receive Career Ladder credit.

Submit College Credits or Degree

Early Childhood Degree Programs in Utah

Many colleges and universities across the state offer degrees related to early childhood education with courses offered online and in person.

Additionally, institutions of higher education across the country offer a variety of online degree programs in early childhood education (ECE). The links below are resources from outside entities that may provide helpful information regarding online degree program options.

Did you know your CDA Credential could count as credits towards an early childhood degree?
Find out more about CDA Articulation.

Contact Us

For questions, please contact your regional Care About Childcare agency or the Utah Registry for Professional Development.