Ancillary Teaching Certificate Program

Want to further your career in Early Childhood Education? Enroll today in the ATC program, through The Children's Coalition Institute for NELA.

  • Receive CDA and Ancillary Teaching Certificate
  • Intensive support and assistance with compiling CDA portfolio
  • 30 applied practice hours (which includes visits to high-quality classrooms, so you can see effective teaching in action) and 120 instructional hours required for CDA included in program
  • Must be a lead teacher in a Type III center and have less than 80 hours toward CDA
  • 9-month program– weekly attendance required!
  • We are presently in our third cohort and will begin our 4th cohort August 2, 2018. For an application and or additional information please contact Earnestine Dunn at 318-323-8775.


Class Meets @ Children’s Coalition
117 Hall Street Monroe, LA
Thursday Evenings
5:30-8:30 PM



What is the Ancillary Teaching Certificate? 

  • The ancillary teaching certificate is a professional credential for teachers in early learning centers.
  • Beginning July 1, 2019 all lead teachers in publicly funded centers must have an ancillary teaching certificate. 
  • The ancillary teaching certificate program is a free 9 month training program that provides 120 hours of in-depth training in early childhood education, 30 clock hours of applied practice in early childhood settings, and intensive support and coaching for teachers completing their CDA portfolio. 
  • After completing the program, teachers will receive their Child Development Associate (CDA) and be qualified to receive their Ancillary Teaching Certificate from the Louisiana Department of Education


Who can apply? 

Candidates must:

  • Be working for a minimum of 16 hours a week in a Type III classroom.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be employed as a lead teacher OR an assistant teacher who has received assurance from their director that they are committed to their role and will be considered for lead teacher upon EC Ancillary Certificate Credential. 
  • Be enrolled in Louisiana Pathways or be completing the paperwork to do so. 


What is The Children’s Coalition Institute for Northeast Louisiana?

The Children’s Coalition Institute for Northeast Louisiana is a unique early childhood education program created especially for teachers currently working in early  learning centers.  A team of experienced instructors works in conjunction with the Louisiana Department of Education, local colleges, and area childcare centers to provide a comprehensive curriculum , giving teachers both a theoretical understanding and hands on application of best practices in early childhood education. 

The nine month program meets weekly at the Children’s Coalition for Northeast Louisiana’s office in Monroe, LA.  An online class portion is also included in the curriculum.  Weekly attendance is required.


What do I need to apply? 

  • ATC Admission Application (front and back; blue ink only)
  • High School Diploma or equivalent
  • Letter of recommendation/support from employing center/enrollment verification 
  • Pathways membership document
  • Scholarship Application
  • Copy of Criminal Background Check


Program Benefits

  • Receive CDA and Ancillary Teaching Certificate
  • Intensive support and  assistance with compiling CDA portfolio
  • 30 applied practice hours and 120 instructional hours required for CDA included in the program
  • Partnerships with local community colleges prepare you for the next step in your education
  • Caring instructors walk you through each step of the process
  • Hybrid program (mix of in-class and online assignments) offers flexibility


What is the cost of the program? 

This program is FREE for all who meet the enrollment qualifications!


To enroll:

Click to download each form, and scan to [email protected] or drop off at 117 Hall Street, Monroe, LA 71201.

1. Checklist
2. ATC Application
3. Enrollment Form
4. EC Ancillary Program (pdf) OR EC Ancillary Program (Word)
5. Verification Form 

For more information, contact:

Earnestine Dunn
Early Childhood Education Director & ATC Coordinator
Phone: 318-323-8775 EXT. 218
E-mail: [email protected]

 2018 Spring Graduates

From left to right: Meaghan Falls of Monroe, Virginia Nichols of Monroe, Shelbi Lemoine of Farmerville, Remeshia Williams of Winnsboro, Sharon Richards of Ruston, Executive Director Dr. Lynn Clark, Summer Duffof West Monroe, Brittany Taylor of Bastrop, Beth Busby of Ruston, Clara Henry of West Monroe and Monica Mamon of Ruston. Not pictured is Tracey Hayes of Monroe.