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Basic and Advanced Credential Assessment

The Credential Assessment will be phased out after the October 2015 testing window.  Individuals who are seeking Early Childhood Teacher and Director Qualifications should learn about and apply for the new Early Childhood Professional Credential.  The new Credential recognizes a broad range of formal education, ongoing professional development and years of experience.  A Level III is equivalent to Early Childhood Teacher Qualification and a Level IV is equivalent to Director Qualification.  Individuals seeking Director Qualifications need to send in their Credential Certificate when applying.  Click HERE for more information.  

Obtaining a Credential requires a combination of education and experience. There are some early childhood professionals who, through informal training and on-the-job experience, acquire the core knowledge that is offered in the college classroom. 

The Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Care has increased the number of courses required for large center director to ten.  The two new classes, Infant/Toddler Theory and Practice (ECE111) and the Exceptional Child (ECE 260), will be included in the ADVANCED Credential Assessment beginning with the October 2010 testing session.  The two additional classes will also be available as a separate test for those people who currently hold a large center director letter with the 8 classes and need to take the additional two required classes.  The new assessment will be named the Infant/Toddler Exceptional Child (ECE111/260) Assessment.

When is the Credential Assessment given?
During the months of February, June and October but individual testing centers may have limited availability so call the testing center right away to make an appointment. 

What is the testing fee?
The testing fee varies by testing center. Find the closest testing center to you in the table below and contact them directly.

What should I bring to the Assessment?
All you need to bring is a valid picture ID that also has your signature on it. The centers will accept a driver's license, state ID card, passport, or similar official documents. Items such as birth certificates, school IDs and work IDs are not permitted. You are not permitted to use any aids during the assessment; i.e. books, notes, dictionaries, calculators, etc.

How long is the Assessment?
The Assessment is timed and you have 3 hours to complete it.  It is administered on a computer.

What is the passing score?
There are 250 questions on the Basic and Infant Toddler Exceptional Child Assessment and you must get 80% (200) of them correct to pass.  There are 300 questions on the Advanced Assessment and you must get 80% (240) of them correct to pass.

When will I get my results?
You will get your results immediately at the end of the Assessment. If you pass and your Credential application is complete, our office will mail you a copy of your Credential.

What if I don't pass?
Keep in mind that these are difficult assessments as you are testing out of multiple classes, depending on the assessment that you take.  If you do not pass, you may retake the Assessment by making an appointment with the testing center.

What material is covered on the test?
Assessment Resources can be found here.
Colorado's Core Knowledge and Standards can be found here.

It may also be helpful to look at the textbooks used in the ten required courses.  Find the list here.

Where can I receive more information?
Contact Jennifer O'Brien by phone at 303-866-4214 or by email.

Where can I go for ece classes?
Click here for information on furthering your education.


Arapahoe Community College
Lyn Smith

Colorado Mountain College-Dillon/Summit
Sheri Weinman
970-468-5989 x2803

Colorado Mountain College-Edwards (Eagle-Vail)
Jeanne McCann

Colorado Mountain College-Leadville
Stacy Petty

Colorado Mountain College-Steamboat
Debra Farmer

Colorado Mountain College-Glenwood
Eunice Kong

Community College of Denver
Ramzi Munder
Shelly Trujillo
Angelica Mardones

Delta-Montrose Technical College
Sheryl Williams

Front Range Community College-Boulder
Michael Chisholm

Front Range Community College-Larimer
Robbe Thibault

Front Range Community College-Westminster Testing Center

Mesa State
Terri L. Wise

Northeastern Junior College
Cindy Carey

Pikes Peak Community College
Peggy Hawke

Pueblo Community College
Ross Barnhart

Duemece Aragon

Red Rocks Community College
Stan Eigsti

Southwest Colorado CC
Doug Pfliger
970-247-2929 x7210

Trinidad State Junior College
Tori Eckes

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