Credential & Certificate of Early Childhood Educators

Credential of Early Childhood Educator

  • Inspect the credential and issue the certificate for the enhancement of early childhood educators

Legal Bases for the Educator's Credential System

  • Credential Systems for the directors and early childhood educators of childcare centers:「Infant and Child Care Act」
  • Credential System of the early childhood educators for the disabled, young children: 「Act on the Support of Welfare of Children with Disabilities」

Definition of Early Childhood Educators

  • People who take the responsibility of providing educating childcare and health-management for young children in childcare centers, counseling their parents, and running and managing the childcare center, etc. (Legal Basis: Article 2 of Infant and Child Care Act).

Types and Criteria of Certifications

Director's Certificate

Types Criteria
General Childcare Centers Directors of the childcare centers with the capacity to educate and care for 300 children or less
Home Childcare Centers Directors of the childcare centers with the capacity to educate and care for 5~20 children or less
Childcare Centers for Infants Only Directors of the childcare centers with the capacity to educate and care for 20 or more number of infants aged less than 3 years
Childcare Centers for Disabled Infants and Young Children Only Directors of the childcare centers with the capacity to educate and care for 12 or less number of disabled infants and young children as it is indicated in Article 32 of the Act on the Support of Welfare of Children with Disabilities

Early Childhood Teacher's Certificates

Types Criteria
Early Childhood Teacher Level 1 The one who completed the course work and obtained required credits in the study of early childhood education at junior college and higher (Prior to Jan. 29th, 2005) The one who has been promoted after the acquisition of early childhood teacher level 2
Early Childhood Teacher Level 2

The one who completed the course work and obtained required credits in the study of early childhood education at junior college and higher


The one who has been promoted after the acquisition of early childhood teacher level 3
Early Childhood Teacher Level 3 The one who completed the curriculum to educate the teachers of early childhood education and care

Credential Check for the Early Childhood Educators for Disabled Children

Types Criteria
Early Childhood Teacher for Disabled Infants and Young Children The one who holds the certificate of early childhood teacher level 2 or higher and completed the course work and obtained credits in the study of special education or rehabilitation required by the Health and Welfare Ministry