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The Texas Early Learning Council developed a career pathway (previously known as the career lattice) for early childhood professionals in Texas, published in 2012. Also known as a career ladder or career lattice, the career pathway relates a professional’s training hours, education, work experience, and other factors to a position on the career pathway, from entry-level to expertise in the early childhood field. Additionally, professionals can advance levels on the career pathway by gaining more professional experience, or obtaining additional education credentials, such as a Child Development Associate (CDA) degree, Bachelor’s degree, or beyond. Ideally, professionals will use this information to guide their professional development in the future and market themselves to employers and parents.
Use the TECPDS professional development self-assessments for your personal professional development planning, and to support your staff! Align your professional development to the Texas Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners and Administrators, identify gaps, and plan your next professional development opportunities.