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Scholars for Excellence in Child Care

OSU-OKC Scholars in Excellence

Advance Your Career to Earn More

How to advance your career

There are many steps you can take to advance your career as a child care professional. The first step is to begin your education to earn credentials such as the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and the Certificate of Mastery. Earning these credentials can lead to many career benefits. From there, many options are available for furthering your education to heighten your career.

By earning a Certificate of Mastery, early child care professionals will develop core competency skills. You will learn how to nurture children in terms of emotional, physical, intellectual and social development.

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The potential benefits of earning a credential

  • Earn a promotion and/or more money.
  • Develop your professional skills.
  • Provide higher quality child care.
  • Network with professionals like yourself.
  • Become a more confident child care provider.

How to pay for it

The Scholars for Excellence in Child Care program offers a scholarship for child care professionals like yourself.

With the Scholars program, you can:

  • Get free books.
  • Pay only 20 percent of the tuition costs.
  • Earn Pell Grants for additional aid, if qualified.

Scholars program coordinators are available to help you find out more about these and other financial aid opportunities.

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Scholars program eligibility

To qualify for the Scholars program, child care providers must:

  • Work in a one-star plus or above, OKDHS or tribal-licensed child care facility with a minimum of 10 percent subsidy children at time of application.
  • Work as a teacher, family child care provider or director at least 30 hours per week earning $15.50 or less per hour.
  • Be employed at a child care facility at least six months before beginning coursework.
  • Once approved, be on a child development or early childhood education plan of study.

Scholars program benefits

  • Support services and technical assistance from Scholars program coordinators.
  • Networking with other child care professionals.
  • Scholarships for coursework at career technology centers for the Pathway to CDA program.
  • Scholarships for coursework at community colleges and for the CDA Credential Assessment.
  • Academic advisement.
  • Eligible for a $600 education stipend after earning any Certificate of Mastery.

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Scholar Education Options

  • Associate Degree* (AA/AAS) in child development or early education
  • Director's Certificate of Mastery* (DCoM)
  • Director's Certificate of Completion (DCoC)
  • Certificate of Mastery in Child Development* (CoM)
  • School-Age Certificate of Completion (SACoC)
  • Child Development Associate Credential* (CDA)

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Note: The Director’s Certificate of Mastery is only available through OSU-Oklahoma City. The Director’s Certificate of Completion and the School Age Certificate of Completion are awarded by the Scholars program.

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For Assistance, Contact:

Jeff Rosson, Scholar Coordinator
OSU-Oklahoma City
900 North Portland
Oklahoma City, OK 73107

Office: 405-945-9168
Cell: 405-361-8996
Toll Free: 1-800-560-4099
Fax: 405-945-6783


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