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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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Hispanic or Latino8.5%
Black or African American0.7%
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University of Phoenix18.6%
Nova Southeastern University7.5%
Grand Canyon University6.7%
Michigan State University4.5%
New York University4.2%
University of Texas at Austin3.8%
University of North Texas3.3%
University of Maryland - College Park3.3%
American InterContinental University3.1%
Indiana University Bloomington3.1%
George Washington University3.0%
Arizona State University3.0%
Pennsylvania State University2.8%
University of South Florida2.7%
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|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 -
|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 -
|Educational Director||Early Learning Academy-Gulls Cove||Jersey City, NJ||Sep 10, 2012||$113,000 -
|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 -
|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 -
|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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