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Working As A Curriculum Director

  • Performing Administrative Activities
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Performing for or Working Directly with the Public
  • Deal with People

  • Make Decisions

  • $63,040

    Average Salary

What Does A Curriculum Director Do

Preschool and childcare center directors supervise and lead staffs, oversee daily activities, design curriculums, and prepare budgets. They are responsible for all aspects of their program.

Duties

Preschool and childcare center directors typically do the following:

  • Supervise preschool teachers and childcare workers
  • Hire and train new staff members
  • Provide training and professional development opportunities for staff
  • Establish policies and communicate them to staff and parents
  • Develop educational programs and standards
  • Ensure instructional excellence
  • Assist staff in resolving conflicts between children
  • Aid staff in communicating with parents
  • Meet with parents and staff to discuss students’ progress
  • Prepare budgets and allocate  program funds
  • Ensure facilities are maintained and cleaned according to state regulations

Some preschools and childcare centers are independently owned and operated. In these facilities, directors must follow the instructions and guidelines of the owner. Sometimes, directors own the facilities, so they decide how to operate them.

Other preschools and childcare centers are part of a national chain or franchise. The director of a chain or franchise also must ensure that the facility meets its parent organization’s standards and regulations.

In addition, some preschools and childcare centers, such as Head Start programs, receive state and federal funding. Directors of these schools and centers must ensure that their programs, staff, and facilities meet state and federal guidelines. For example, they must ensure that the staff meets the educational requirements set by the Department of Health and Human Services.

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How To Become A Curriculum Director

A college degree and experience in early childhood education is typically required to become a preschool and childcare center director. Some states or employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential, such as the Child Development Associate (CDA).

Education

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have at least an associate’s or bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. These degree programs teach students about child development, provide strategies for teaching young children, and discuss how to observe and document children’s progress. Employers may prefer candidates who have a degree, or at least some postsecondary coursework, in early childhood education.

Work Experience in a Related Occupation

Most states require preschool and childcare center directors to have experience in early childhood education. The amount of experience required varies by state.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Many states require childcare centers, including those in private homes, to be licensed. To qualify for licensure, staff must pass a background check, have a complete record of immunizations, and meet a minimum training requirement. Some states require staff to have certifications in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid.

Some states and employers require preschool and childcare center directors to have a nationally recognized credential. Most often, states require the CDA credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, and being observed while working with children. The credential is valid for 3 years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements for obtaining the CCP are that the candidate must be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every 2 years through the CCP maintenance process.

Important Qualities

Business skills. Preschool and childcare center directors manage childcare centers and need to be able to operate the business effectively.

Communication skills. Preschool and childcare center directors need to inform parents and staff about the progress of the children. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information successfully.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool and childcare center directors must be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and staff.

Leadership skills. Preschool and childcare center directors supervise staff, so they need good leadership skills to inspire staff to work diligently. They also must enforce rules and regulations.

Organizational skills. Directors need to maintain clear records about children and staff. In addition, they must be able to multitask when several people or situations require their attention.

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Curriculum Director Demographics

Gender

Female

69.6%

Male

28.0%

Unknown

2.4%
Ethnicity

White

64.6%

Hispanic or Latino

13.9%

Black or African American

11.6%

Asian

6.4%

Unknown

3.6%
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Foreign Languages Spoken

Spanish

37.8%

French

18.9%

German

5.4%

Japanese

5.4%

Mandarin

5.4%

Italian

5.4%

Chinese

2.7%

Turkish

2.7%

Dakota

2.7%

Shona

2.7%

Lithuanian

2.7%

Greek

2.7%

Tagalog

2.7%

Arabic

2.7%
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Curriculum Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

8.3%

Nova Southeastern University

8.3%

Walden University

7.1%

Capella University

6.0%

Michigan State University

6.0%

Hofstra University

6.0%

University of South Florida

4.8%

University of Northern Iowa

4.8%

DePaul University

4.8%

Teachers College of Columbia University

4.8%

Stephen F Austin State University

4.8%

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

4.8%

Northern Illinois University

4.8%

Texas A&M University

3.6%

University of Central Florida

3.6%

National University

3.6%

Seattle University

3.6%

Ball State University

3.6%

Brigham Young University

3.6%

Central Michigan University

3.6%
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Majors

Educational Leadership

21.1%

Education

14.1%

Elementary Education

11.9%

Business

9.5%

Early Childhood Education

7.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

6.2%

Special Education

4.3%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.1%

Educational Technology

3.0%

Psychology

2.4%

English

2.2%

History

2.2%

Writing

1.9%

School Counseling

1.6%

Management

1.6%

Accounting

1.6%

Counseling Psychology

1.4%

Clinical Psychology

1.4%

Biology

1.1%

Social Sciences

1.1%
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Degrees

Masters

39.1%

Bachelors

22.5%

Other

15.6%

Doctorate

15.0%

Associate

4.3%

Certificate

3.3%

Diploma

0.2%
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Real Curriculum Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director, Curriculum Projects CFA Institute Charlottesville, VA Feb 15, 2012 $174,452
Director of Curriculum American Honda Education Corporation Estes Park, CO Oct 29, 2012 $92,293
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. West Hollywood, CA Jul 15, 2016 $90,000
Nutrition Curriculum Director Integrative Nutrition Inc. New York, NY May 25, 2016 $90,000
Montessori Curriculum Director Torit Montessori School Boston, MA Dec 11, 2016 $85,390
Curriculum Director The Torit School Boston, MA May 17, 2016 $84,470
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2014 $83,595 -
$150,000
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Jul 09, 2010 $80,000
Director of Curriculum Australian Institute for Performing Arts Inc. Los Angeles, CA Aug 01, 2012 $74,000 -
$150,000
Science Curriculum Director Cosmos Foundation Houston, TX Sep 29, 2010 $71,000
Curriculum Director Cosmos Foundation Houston, TX Aug 30, 2010 $69,000
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Mar 21, 2016 $67,205
Math Curriculum Director Alltuition, Inc. Chicago, IL Jun 22, 2012 $59,010 -
$92,747
Curriculum Director HL Academy Inc. Montgomery, AL May 20, 2016 $57,886
Assistant Curriculum Director for Science Harmony Public Schools Houston, TX Feb 03, 2014 $57,262
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Sep 22, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Jul 02, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director Discover Learning Group, Inc. Coppell, TX Jul 07, 2015 $56,763
Curriculum Director DWM Dance Studio Fl LLC Fort Lee, NJ Feb 25, 2015 $54,000
Curriculum Director Stepping Stones School, Inc. La Palma, CA Oct 01, 2012 $50,088
University Curriculum Director (Incl. R&D) Jacksonville University Jacksonville, FL Nov 01, 2011 $50,000
Curriculum Director of Computer Science Harmony Public Schools Houston, TX Oct 11, 2012 $48,797
Curriculum Director Treehouse Island Inc. Orlando, FL Nov 17, 2014 $48,000
Curriculum Director Sanyu Learning Center Mountain View, CA Jan 09, 2016 $47,333
Teacher and Director of Curriculum The Trustforte Corporation New York, NY May 01, 2011 $47,000
Curriculum Director of Computer Science Cosmos Foundation, Inc. Houston, TX Aug 01, 2010 $46,000

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  1. Classroom Management
  2. Instructional Materials
  3. Professional Development
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  • Developed project vision, goals, design guidelines, and pedagogical frameworks and ensured their implementation in instructional materials.
  • Provide professional development opportunities for teachers to ensure best practices are implemented in all classrooms.
  • Increased state assessment (FCAT) mathematics scores by one grade level by implementing effective research-based math programs and data-driven meetings.
  • Reviewed and collaboratively modified instructor lesson plans to address student needs.
  • Developed center-wide curriculum, monitored weekly curricular plans, and mentored and evaluated performance of child care staff.

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