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Working As An Education 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

  • $60,791

    Average Salary

What Does An Education 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 An Education 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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Average Length of Employment
School Director 3.5 years
Associate Dean 3.4 years
Education Director 3.0 years
Education Dean 2.9 years
Campus Director 2.8 years
Academic Director 2.8 years
Top Employers Before
Teacher 17.7%
Director 7.7%
Instructor 7.4%
Educator 4.5%
Internship 4.3%
Manager 3.7%
Principal 3.4%
Top Employers After
Teacher 10.9%
Director 8.8%
Consultant 6.1%
Instructor 5.3%
Principal 4.5%
President 3.9%
Owner 3.2%
Manager 3.1%
Educator 3.0%

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Education Director Demographics

Gender

Female

63.7%

Male

34.2%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

64.8%

Hispanic or Latino

13.4%

Black or African American

12.0%

Asian

6.3%

Unknown

3.5%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

50.7%

French

16.5%

German

4.6%

Mandarin

3.9%

Chinese

3.9%

Arabic

3.5%

Russian

3.2%

Italian

3.2%

Japanese

2.1%

Hebrew

2.1%

Cantonese

1.1%

Greek

1.1%

Portuguese

1.1%

Swedish

0.7%

Dakota

0.7%

Lithuanian

0.4%

Telugu

0.4%

Marathi

0.4%

Samoan

0.4%

Hopi

0.4%
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Education Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.2%

Walden University

8.3%

Nova Southeastern University

7.7%

Capella University

6.7%

Grand Canyon University

6.7%

Liberty University

5.1%

New York University

4.3%

Michigan State University

4.3%

University of Texas at Austin

3.8%

American InterContinental University

3.7%

Temple University

3.4%

Webster University

3.4%

University of North Texas

3.2%

Arizona State University

3.2%

University of Maryland - College Park

3.2%

George Washington University

3.0%

Georgia State University

3.0%

Harvard University

3.0%

Indiana University Bloomington

2.9%

University of Arizona

2.7%
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Majors

Education

15.0%

Business

14.5%

Educational Leadership

10.4%

Nursing

9.2%

Elementary Education

8.4%

Psychology

4.4%

Special Education

4.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

3.7%

English

3.4%

Early Childhood Education

3.1%

Communication

3.0%

Management

2.8%

Counseling Psychology

2.5%

Health Care Administration

2.5%

Human Resources Management

2.3%

School Counseling

2.3%

Curriculum And Instruction

2.2%

History

2.2%

Law

2.2%

Marketing

2.0%
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Degrees

Masters

41.1%

Bachelors

27.4%

Other

14.4%

Doctorate

8.8%

Certificate

3.9%

Associate

3.6%

Diploma

0.6%

License

0.2%
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Real Education Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Director of Education Tiancheng International Group Inc. Burlington, MA Oct 01, 2014 $180,000
Director, Commission On International Education New England Association of Schools & Colleges, Inc. Burlington, MA Sep 01, 2015 $170,000 -
$200,000
Beatrice C. Mayer Director of Education Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2016 $141,890
Director of Education Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL Oct 01, 2012 $125,000
Director of Education Museum of Contemprary Art Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2013 $125,000
Director of Education Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2013 $125,000
Education Director Editure Professional Development New York, NY Nov 14, 2012 $125,000
Director of Education Kevin Murphy USA Irvine, CA Dec 01, 2015 $120,000
Director of Education and Promotions Kevin Murphy, USA Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2015 $120,000
Director of Education and Promotions Kevin Murphy, USA Irvine, CA Jan 05, 2016 $120,000
Director, Center for Montessori Education Loyola University Maryland Columbia, MD Jun 10, 2015 $119,184
Education Director The French Academy of Minnesota Saint Louis Park, MN Aug 18, 2016 $118,940
Educational Director Early Learning Academy-Gulls Cove Jersey City, NJ Sep 10, 2015 $113,000 -
$140,000
Educational Director Early Learning Academy-Gulls Cove Jersey City, NJ May 20, 2012 $113,000 -
$140,000
Education Abroad Director University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA Mar 01, 2013 $82,500
Director of Online Learning & Educational Technolo Adler School of Professional Psychology Chicago, IL May 11, 2012 $82,000
Director of Gemology & Education American Gem Society Las Vegas, NV Aug 11, 2015 $80,340
Education Director Precision Global Consulting, Inc. West Hollywood, CA May 12, 2014 $80,000
Director of Global Education Boston Architectural College Boston, MA Mar 19, 2011 $80,000
Education Director, North America Wine Australia USA, LLC Washington, DC Sep 10, 2014 $78,811 -
$104,499
Director of Gemology & Education American Gem Society Las Vegas, NV Sep 08, 2014 $78,000
Director of Social Education Milkway Education Center, Inc. Clifton, NJ Jan 01, 2011 $61,000
Education Director International Christian Education College Los Angeles, CA Aug 28, 2012 $60,029
Director of Education Verve Global Inc. Oak Brook, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Director of Educational Change Pacific Resources for Education and Learning Urban Honolulu, HI Mar 01, 2012 $60,000 -
$98,000
Director of Education Studentnest, Inc. Downey, CA Oct 01, 2011 $60,000
Director of Education Tada! Theater and Dance Alliance, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $59,480

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Top Skills for An Education Director

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  1. Curriculum
  2. Educational Programs
  3. Classroom Management
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  • Supervised over 28 faculty and administrative staff, responsible for insuring adherence to curriculum guidelines including instruction, attendance and testing.
  • Oversee program development, administration, and supervision of all educational programs including K-12 instruction and teacher professional development.
  • Coordinate professional development for all staff to improve instruction, communication, classroom management, and conflict resolution.
  • Develop and implement effective standardized operating procedures and policies to promote programmatic growth and replication.
  • Worked on a one-to-one basis with instructional staff to successfully implement the numerous technical certification programs.

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