Alaska SEED Updates the Early Childhood and School-Age Career Ladder

February 17, 2022

Alaska SEED is excited to announce several important updates to the early childhood/school-age professional career ladder.

The early childhood/school-age career ladder recognizes professional development milestones for Alaska SEED Registry members working in early childhood and school-age education, including military and tribal child care, school district Pre-K and elementary school classrooms (K-3), Head Start/Early Head Start programs, school-age only programs, in-home visiting, and Early Childhood degree-seeking students.

Updates to the career ladder that go into effect immediately include:

  • Removing the high school diploma requirement
  • Adding Associates Degree in an unrelated field with 12 Alaska SEED early childhood related field credits to Level 8.
  • Expanding the list of Alaska SEED early childhood related fields to include Speech Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy.
  • Adapting age requirements to apply to 16-year-olds working or learning in early childhood and school-age settings.

Click here to view the updated career ladder available in English and Spanish.

For questions about the career ladder updates, please email

About Alaska SEED

Alaska SEED is a statewide system supporting early educators in their career advancement, including placement on the career ladder and reimbursement funding for professional development. By joining Alaska SEED, early educators can advance their careers in the early childhood education and school-age fields. Learn more.