Department Accepted, Regionally Institutional Accrediting Organizations
Click here to check the regional accreditation of your college
Higher Learning Commission (formerly called North Central Association of Colleges and Schools - The Higher Learning Commission) (HLC)
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Higher Education (MSA)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges - Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (NEASC-CIHE)
Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU)
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Commission on Colleges
Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges (WASC-ACCJC)
Western Association of Schools and Colleges - Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities (WASC-ACSCU)
NOT Accepted, Regionally Institutional Accrediting Organizations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement, Board of Trustees (NCA-CASI)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., Commission on Technical and Career Institutions (NEASC-CTCI)
Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC)
United States Equivalency for international transcripts
Transcripts from colleges and universities outside of the United States must be evaluated for United States equivalency. Visit The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services for a list of organizations that provide evaluation services.
Colorado Community Colleges
Each of the 13 Colorado Community Colleges offers a Director certificate program. After completion of the program, the Department will require experience verification hours from employers and official transcripts showing completion of the 10 required ECE courses with a grade C or better. Click here to verify a community college is accredited.
Healthy Child Care Colorado: Pyramid Plus Approach Training
The Department approved 54 hour Pyramid Plus Approach Training can be used to substitute the required Guidance Strategies course. Click here to review any upcoming trainings offered by Healthy Child Care Colorado.
Expanding Quality in Infant Toddler Care Initiative- EQIT
The Department approved 48 hour EQIT training can be used to substitute the required Infant and Toddler Theory course. Click here to read more about EQIT and find approved trainers.
PDIS version 2.0 is no longer available. We will continue to accept 2.0 credential levels until they expire.