Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

ECMMA: Early Childhood Music and Movement Association

Level 3 Certification (Requires Previous Level 2 Completion)

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Level 3 Certification and RENEWAL of Level 3 Certification and HONORARY PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

The Early Childhood Music and Movement Association (ECMMA) views teacher certification as a process of continued growth in knowledge concerning music and movement education for young children. It provides a fair, systematic method of teacher recognition; encourages continued participation in conventions, workshops, seminars and other training events; and encourages the growth of professional skills and abilities. Certification also assists teachers in self-evaluation, provides a means for feedback from parents of their classes, and helps assure the general public of teachers’ credentials. Level 3 is for those applicants who have completed Level 1 and Level 2 of this certification program.

Apply Here for Level 3 Certification or Level 3 Renewal or HONORARY PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION:
The fee for Level 3 Certification is $70.00 US currency.
NOTE: You must have attained Level 1 and Level 2 ECMMA certification and provide documentation of this certification (send a scanned copy of your Level 1 and Level 2 certificates).

  1. Current membership in ECMMA.
  2. A Bachelor’s degree (documented by transcript from an accredited college or university).
  3. 3 additional CEUs** (30 hours) related to early childhood music and movement for children ages 0-7. 4)
  4. Minimum 8 years teaching experience in early childhood music and movement, ages 0-7 (documented in the form of a letter from administrator, parent of student, studio affiliate, preschool director, etc.). Letter must be signed in writing by this person.
  5. Video of one complete class lesson, along with a detailed lesson plan for this class. The video should be in a digital format. You alson need to submit the Teacher's Self-Evaluation Form of that class lesson, and an Evaluation form by a Parent or Colleague of the video-taped class.

NOTE: All documents and video should be sent to the Level 3 Chair: Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo. Contact her at jjordan@miami.edu below if you need further information or have questions.

DURATION & RENEWAL of Level 3 Certification:
 

The Level 3 certificate is valid for five years. Progression to the next level OR renewal of the current level is necessary at that time. If a member chooses not to renew, and after six months wishes to be re-certified, he/she must satisfy all requirements for Level 3 again.

RENEWAL INFORMATION for LEVEL 3 Certification:

A reminder notice will be sent 6-12 months in advance of the scheduled renewal date. Keep track of needed documentation, i.e. workshop certificates, course transcripts, conference sessions attended, etc. All material including the video and evaluation must be received in one package by the scheduled renewal date. If an extension is needed past the scheduled renewal date, you must contact the Level 3 chairperson. Extensions are at the discretion of the committee.

RENEWAL REQUIREMENTS for Level 3 : 
The fee for RENEWAL is $20.00 US currency.

  1. Membership in ECMMA for at least three of the past five years.
  2. Documentation of actively teaching early childhood music/movement classes for children ages 0-7 at least two consecutive years of the past five years (in the form of a letter from administrator, parent of student, studio affiliate, preschool director, etc.).
  3. Three Continuing Education Units (CEUs), including at least one regional conference, national convention or equivalent event related to early childhood music and movement, ages 0-7.
    • Renewal applicants may view the 2010 virtual convention or any subsequent ECMMA Virtual Conventions to meet the ten-hour requirement. When viewing a Virtual Convention, at least 1 keynote/general session and a variety of breakout sessions should be selected for viewing. The applicant should then write a 300 word paper on the keynote/general session viewed, and a 150 word paper on each breakout session viewed. The papers should include the session title, speaker, date and a brief summary of each session. The applicant should express how ideas, concepts, or research from the session might be incorporated into his/her teaching or practice, along with any meaningful critiques of the session.

QUESTIONS ABOUT LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATION? HAS YOUR CERTIFICATION LAPSED?

If you wish to renew after the deadline has passed, contact the Level 3 chairperson:
Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo
E-mail: jjordan@miami.edu

HONORARY PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION
The fee for Honorary Professional Certification is $125 US currency. 

For applicants who wish to be certified without Level 1 and Level 2 prerequisites, complete the following:

  1. Active membership in ECMMA for the past three years.
  2. A master’s or doctorate degree in music/music education or early childhood education or early childhood music and movement education. Status will be determined by the certification committee prior to approval.
  3. Minimum 10 years teaching experience in early childhood music and movement, ages 0-7 (documented in the form of a letter from administrator, parent of student, studio affiliate, preschool director, etc.).
  4. Curriculum vitae or résumé, plus at least one of the following: a video of teaching, portfolio or publications.

QUESTIONS ABOUT HONORARY PROFESSIONAL CERTIFICATION? Contact the Level 3 chairperson:
Joyce Jordan-DeCarbo
E-mail: jjordan@miami.edu

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