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Career Pathways Level

The Career Pathways Level (CPL) provides a common, point-based system for licensing and Step Up To Quality (SUTQ) star rated programs an alternative pathway to meet the education requirements for a child care staff member or administrator. The CPL uses an approved framework to document formal education, experience, training, mentoring and current credentials to achieve one of six professional designations.  

CPL Transition Plan – The implementation of the updated CPL will occur July 1, 2018 for all early childhood education professionals. Early childhood professionals will have from October 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 to gain an understanding of the updated CPL and prepare for the appropriate pathway. 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.  

Please click here to view the current CPL that is effective through June 30, 2018.  

Please click here to view the updated CPL effective July 1, 2018