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Become An Education Director

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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

  • $66,973

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Director Do

An Education Director is responsible for the planning, budgeting, development, and execution of the educational program within a school. They may work in schools or in non-school settings, such as museums, businesses, and non-profit organizations.

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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Education Director Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    64.0%
  • Male

    33.9%
  • Unknown

    2.1%

Ethnicity

  • White

    83.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    8.5%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.7%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    51.6%
  • French

    16.4%
  • Mandarin

    3.8%
  • Chinese

    3.8%
  • German

    3.8%
  • Arabic

    3.5%
  • Russian

    3.1%
  • Italian

    3.1%
  • Japanese

    2.1%
  • Hebrew

    1.7%
  • Portuguese

    1.4%
  • Cantonese

    1.0%
  • Swedish

    0.7%
  • Dutch

    0.7%
  • Greek

    0.7%
  • Carrier

    0.7%
  • Dakota

    0.7%
  • Lithuanian

    0.3%
  • Telugu

    0.3%
  • Marathi

    0.3%
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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
Education Director Editure Professional Development New York, NY Nov 14, 2012 $125,000
Director of Education Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, IL Sep 21, 2013 $125,000
Director of Education and Promotions Kevin Murphy, USA Irvine, CA Jan 05, 2016 $120,000
Director of Education and Promotions Kevin Murphy, USA Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2015 $120,000
Director of Education Kevin Murphy USA Irvine, CA Dec 01, 2015 $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 Sep 10, 2012 $113,000 -
$140,000
Director of Global Education Boston Architectural College Boston, MA Mar 19, 2011 $80,000
Education Director Precision Global Consulting, Inc. West Hollywood, CA May 12, 2014 $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 Education Aaron Neck and Back, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Feb 01, 2013 $77,500
Director of Education Aaron Neck and Back, Inc. Las Vegas, NV Feb 20, 2013 $77,500
Education Director The French Academy of Minnesota Saint Louis Park, MN Jul 28, 2016 $76,540
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 Verve Global Inc. Oak Brook, IL Oct 01, 2012 $60,000
Director of Education Tada! Theater and Dance Alliance, Inc. New York, NY Sep 30, 2012 $59,480
Clinical Pastoral Education Director New York Theological Seminary New York, NY Nov 01, 2012 $58,436
Art and Design Education Director Long Island Conservatory Albertson, NY Sep 23, 2014 $58,436
Educational Director Temple Anshe Amunim Pittsfield, MA Jul 03, 2016 $58,100

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Top Skills for An Education Director

CurriculumDevelopmentEducationProgramsProceduresClassroomManagementInstructorsProfessionalDevelopmentCommunityOutreachEducationDepartmentSuperviseFinancialPolicyOversightSafetyResourceLessonPlansStaffMembersSpecialEducationStudentRetentionCustomerServiceEducationStaff

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Top Education Director Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Education Programs
  3. Procedures
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop curriculum and supervise curriculum development for Bachelor of Science programs, supervise online instruction for Bachelors programs.
  • Assessed education programs, quantified results, and performed quantitative/qualitative analysis on effectiveness of teaching programs.
  • Assist in development of local procedures documents/manuals for Special Education operations.
  • Lead instructional staff in developmental coaching and effective classroom management.
  • Supervised, evaluated, and trained ten ICC instructors in both departments.

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