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Wyoming Career Development Scale

The Wyoming Career Development Program is a statewide project to promote the recognition of Early Child Care Professionals who work in early care and education, Head Start, out-of-school time and other youth development programs that serve the needs of children and families. The goal of the Career Development is to provide professional support and public recognition of Early Child Care Professionals who actively pursue continuing education and demonstrate a professional commitment to working with children and families.

The project has two major components: the Wyoming Career Development Scale and the Wyoming Career Development Registry. The Wyoming Career Development Scale defines nine levels of professional achievement. Each level includes training, education and experience requirements. Early Child Care Professionals can use the Wyoming Career Development Scale to chart a course for their own career development and to receive recognition for their education and professional achievements.

By developing a knowledgeable and skilled work force, the Career Development Scale can increase quality programs for children in Wyoming.

Wyoming Career Development Scale Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5 Level 6 Level 7 Level 8 Level 9
Education And Training
High School Diploma or GED       * * * * * *
Child/Infant CPR and First Aid * * * * * * * * *
20 Training Hours *                
50 Training Hours   *              
80 Training Hours     *            
110 Training Hours       *          
CDA or 140 Training Hours         *        
Apprenticeship or
15 Early Childhood College Credits or
280 Training Hours
          *      
Associates Degree             *    
Bachelors Degree               *  
Masters and Advanced Degrees                 *
Core Areas of Knowledge
Health, Nutrition and Safety 5 6 10 10 10 15      
Guidance and Disipline   6 10 10 10 15      
The Active Learning Environment 5 6 10 10 10 15      
Child Growth and Development 5 6 10 10 10 15      
Family Relationships   6 10 10 10 15      
Program Management   7 10 10 10 15      
Professionalism 5 7 10 10 10 15      
Uniqueness and Cultural Awareness   6 10 10 10 15      
Elective Hours (STARS Approved)       30 60 160      
Total Hours 20 hrs 50 hrs 80 hrs 110 hrs 140 hrs 280 hrs      
Professional Commitment
1 Year Experience in Licensed or Accredited Program *                
2 Years Experience in Licensed or Accredited Program   * * * * * * * *
Documentation / Portfolio * * * * * * * * *
Display of Professional Leadership       * * * * * *
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