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OCCD has a position opening!

The Oregon Center for Career Development (OCCD) in Childhood Care and Education has an open position! Please help us spread the word!  We are looking for a qualified candidate to fill a Certification Specialist position. This position supports the Oregon Registry Program through verification of training & education for Oregon’s early childhood and afterschool care and education providers. Please go to where you will find the job posting/description and can begin the application process and upload supporting documents.

AMI Diplomas for the Oregon Registry

We are pleased to announce that early childhood educators can articulate their diplomas from Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) Accredited Training Centers to a Step 8.5 on the Oregon Registry. Individuals with AMI diplomas and out-of-the field AA/AAS/JrBA degrees from a regionally accredited college are articulated to a Step 9 and individuals with out-of-the field BA/BS degrees from a regionally accredited college are articulated to a Step 10. Please click here for more information on updating or obtaining a Step with a diploma from an AMI accredited training center.

Please click here for the Submission of an AMI Montessori Diploma for an Oregon Registry Steps.

Let us know what you think about the draft revised Core Body of Knowledge!

OCCD is looking for your input into the core knowledge category standards that define our profession. The Core Body of Knowledge is the basis for training, education and on-going professional development essential to the profession of childhood care and education. In essence it embodies what professionals should know and be able to do to effectively care for and educate Oregon’s young children, ages 0-8, with special consideration for children 9-12 years old.

Please look over the draft 2015 revision, then fill out a survey found at

Thank you for taking time to give us your thoughts about Oregon's Core Body of Knowledge.

Important Director Credential Updates

The Oregon Registry Director Credential information and materials are being updated. New materials will be posted Spring 2015. Thank you for your patience with our process as we update our materials.

We are excited to announce that the next deadline to submit Oregon Registry Director Credential applications will be June 30, 2015. We look forward to receiving your applications!

New Oregon Registry Steps Document

  • The Oregon Registry Steps document has been revised and includes new standards and formatting. Please review the summary for information about the changes, the timeline for implementation and the rationale behind making the changes. Also, find the new 2015 Oregon Registry Steps document here.