Early Learning Professional Development

Effective teachers are the most important asset of a quality early childhood program. One goal of the Office of Early Learning and School Readiness is to increase and enhance the knowledge and skills of teachers by providing a wide array of professional development opportunities.

Early Learning Professional Development Opportunities

Administrators, lead teachers, and assistant teachers in Step Up To Quality rated programs must complete twenty hours of Ohio Approved specialized training every two years.

For programs that are applying for an initial star rating, all administrators, lead teachers, and assistant teachers, who have been employed for twelve or more months, need to complete ten hours of approved specialized training prior to the initial rating being awarded.

Ohio Approved Professional Development

The Ohio Approved designation represents the state's consolidated professional development approval process and is minimally accepted by the Ohio Department of Education Office of Early Learning and School Readiness, the Ohio Department of Health Help Me Grow program, and the Ohio Department of Job & Family Service Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) approval processes.

Agencies will continue to set agency–specific credential requirements. Certain professional development offerings may not receive the Ohio Approved designation, yet may be accepted by the credentialing agency.

Please note that professional development designated as SUTQ, ODE PD or Help Me Grow approved prior to the implementation of the Ohio Approved designation will continue to meet those program specific requirements.

Last Modified: 4/18/2017 2:18:12 PM