What is required for preschool teacher continuing education?

Preschool teacher continuing education requirements will vary by state. Some states do not have any continuing education requirements for preschool teachers, while other states, or individual preschools, may require teachers to maintain a CDA, or Child Development Association credential.

According to the Council For Professional Recognition, in order to obtain the credential, you must be over 18, have a high school diploma or GED, and have 480 hours of experience working with children as well as 120 hours of formal childcare education. This experience must have been within the past five years. The credential is valid for three years.

In order to renew, you must be certified in First Aid, have obtained 4.5 CEU's in a child development or adult learning course, you must document your work experience for the past year, and have proof of membership in a childhood professional organization. As of 2011 the cost to renew is $13.