CTE Standards - Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Education focuses on the development of early childhood professional standards. Teaching students to work in a wide variety of early childhood settings such as: Head Start, Public Pre-K, Special Education, K-3 education, center and home based child care. Programs provide a foundation for careers such as psychology, specialized therapy, social working, counseling, teaching, and child advocacy.  Topics include instruction in child development and psychology, curriculum, assessment, observation, guidance, health, nutrition, safety, mandated reporting, parent relations, personnel and business management principles; related laws and policies; professional development.

Maine Certified Industry Standards for CIP 19.0709



  • CECA certification (Certified Early Childhood Assistant - Maine)
    • *Note: If CECA Certification is sought, the following are required:
      • NAEYC standards completion Portfolio AND
      • First Aid and CPR certification AND
      • NOCTI assessment #4016 (Score of 70 or better) AND
      • A minimum of 180 each field and instruction hours
      • Maine Roads to Quality Registry requirements
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) Nationally recognized credential

Standards & Competencies/Competency Record Forms

Approved Secondary Early Childhood Occupations Education Programs

Location School
Augusta Capital Area Technical Center
Bath Bath Regional Career & Technical Center
Biddeford Biddeford Regional Center of Technology
Brunswick Maine Region Ten Technical High School
Calais St. Croix Regional Technical Center
Ellsworth Hancock County Technical Center
Farmington Foster Technology Center
Frenchville St. John Valley Technology Center
Houlton Southern Aroostook County, Region 2
Lewiston Lewiston Regional Technical Center
Mexico Region 9 School of Applied Technology
Norway Oxford Hills Technical High School, Region 11
Portland Portland Arts & Technology High School
Presque Isle Presque Isle Regional Career and Technical Center
Sanford Sanford Regional Technical Center
Skowhegan Somerset Career and Technical Center
Waldo Waldo County Technical Center
Waterville Mid-Maine Technical Center
Westbrook Westbrook Regional Vocational Center