Careers in Licensed Early Care and Education and School Age Centers

Are you interested in a career as an early childhood professional? Is your goal to work in a licensed child care center where you can care for and teach children from infancy through age 12?

Early childhood education professionals can become qualified to work in various positions once they meet the Office of Child Care Licensing’s requirements related to age, work experience, and education. The Delaware First Professional Development System for Early Care and Education and School-Age Programs, commonly referred to as Delaware First, qualifies early childhood education professionals for employment by an early care and education or school-age care center.

Early Care & Education Positions

  • Early childhood administrator
  • Early childhood curriculum coordinator
  • Early childhood teacher
  • Early childhood assistant teacher
  • Early childhood intern
  • Early childhood aide

School-Age Positions

  • School-age administrator
  • School-age site coordinator
  • School-age site assistant
  • School-age intern
  • School-age aide

Requirements for these positions are found in DELACARE: Regulations for Early Care and Education and School-Age Centers (Effective 03/01/2021)

In order to become qualified as an early childhood assistant teacher, you must complete TECE I. To become an early childhood teacher both TECE I and TECE II are needed. These positions also require a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as months of experience. For more information or to register for these courses contact:

Location Address Phone
Adult Education Career Training, AED Office 1703 School Lane, Wilmington, DE 19808 302-683-3652
DE Technical & Community College
Owens Campus
Rt. 18, Georgetown, DE 855-1617
DE Technical & Community College
Terry Campus
100 Campus Drive, Dover DE 857-1400
DE Technical & Community College
Wilmington & Stanton Campus
333 Shipley St., Wilmington, DE 571-5378
Delaware Skills Center 1300 Clifford Brown Walkway, Wilmington, DE 654-5392
Marshallton Education Center 1703 School Lane, Wilmington, DE 683-3652
POLYTECH Adult Education 823 Walnut Shade Road, Woodside, DE 697-4545
Sussex Tech 17099 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, DE 856-9035

Online training options are available! There are online TECE I and II courses available that are recognized by the Office of Child Care Licensing. Please visit the Delaware Institute for Excellence in Early Childhood to learn more.