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Free Early Childhood Education Degree in Boston

The City of Boston periodically recruits people who are committed to caring for Boston's youngest learners. If you are a current educator, or someone interested in becoming certified or licensed as an educator, please learn more below.


There are programs (some free) offering credentialing for Childhood Development Associates (CDA); CDA Renewals; Teacher Lead Certifications; Director's Certifications; Associates Degrees; Bachelor's Degrees; and Master's Degrees.

Applicants who earn credentials through these programs must commit to working in an early childhood program in Boston for 2-3 years. Boston residency is not required.

Organizations offering free credentials

Licensing Support Program

Certified and seeking an early childhood role?

For more information, visit the City of Boston's website:


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