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Working As An Educational Program 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

  • $55,630

    Average Salary

What Does An Educational Program 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 Educational Program 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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Educational Program Director Demographics

Gender

Female

65.0%

Male

32.8%

Unknown

2.1%
Ethnicity

White

81.7%

Hispanic or Latino

10.3%

Asian

6.0%

Unknown

1.4%

Black or African American

0.6%
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Languages Spoken

Spanish

41.7%

French

8.3%

Chinese

6.3%

Korean

6.3%

Italian

6.3%

Portuguese

4.2%

German

4.2%

Russian

4.2%

Mandarin

4.2%

Blackfoot

2.1%

Hungarian

2.1%

Ukrainian

2.1%

Cantonese

2.1%

Japanese

2.1%

Carrier

2.1%

Slovak

2.1%
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Educational Program Director Education

Schools

University of Phoenix

18.8%

Liberty University

6.9%

New York University

5.0%

Pennsylvania State University

5.0%

Harvard University

5.0%

Capella University

5.0%

University of South Florida

4.0%

University of Tennessee - Knoxville

4.0%

Trinity University

4.0%

University of North Texas

4.0%

Michigan State University

4.0%

North Carolina State University

4.0%

Nova Southeastern University

4.0%

Texas A&M University

4.0%

Walden University

4.0%

Miami University

4.0%

Montclair State University

4.0%

University of Memphis

4.0%

American University

4.0%

Wayne State University

3.0%
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Majors

Education

13.7%

Business

11.9%

Educational Leadership

11.6%

Elementary Education

7.7%

Psychology

5.0%

Special Education

5.0%

General Education, Specific Areas

4.5%

Early Childhood Education

4.0%

Management

4.0%

School Counseling

3.7%

Nursing

3.7%

English

3.7%

Counseling Psychology

3.7%

Communication

3.4%

History

2.9%

Public Administration

2.6%

Social Work

2.4%

Environmental Science

2.4%

Health Education

2.1%

Political Science

2.1%
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Degrees

Masters

45.3%

Bachelors

23.1%

Other

14.1%

Doctorate

10.8%

Certificate

4.5%

Associate

1.6%

License

0.3%

Diploma

0.3%
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Real Educational Program Director Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Elementary Program Director, Education Administrat German School of Silicon Valley Mountain View, CA Sep 13, 2013 $88,000
Educational and Program Director A.P.Ex. American Professional Exchange, LLC San Clemente, CA Sep 25, 2012 $87,000
Educational and Program Director Proaupair LLC San Clemente, CA Sep 25, 2012 $87,000
Director-Educational Programs Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Ltd.(N.Y.) New York, NY Sep 25, 2013 $84,000
Physical Education Program Director The French-American School of Miami Miami, FL Oct 25, 2016 $80,057
Director, Israel Education Program World Zionist Organization New York, NY Oct 01, 2012 $78,857
Director of Educational Programming Israeli-American Council New York, NY May 15, 2016 $75,000
Director of Educational Programming Israeli-American Council New York, NY Sep 13, 2016 $75,000
Director of Educational Programs China Institute In America New York, NY Jun 30, 2011 $74,000
Educational Programming Director Global Spectrum Foundation Atlanta, GA Jun 16, 2015 $71,594
Uhcc Research, Education & Training Program Director Research Corporation of The University of Hawaii Urban Honolulu, HI Dec 22, 2014 $70,228
Program/Education Director Hoboken Montessori School Hoboken, NJ Jan 20, 2011 $68,000
Director of Junior Sports Education Programs Port Washington Tennis Academy Port Washington, NY Aug 02, 2013 $67,038
Director of Religious and Educational Programs John Paul II Shrine and Institute, Inc. Washington, DC Oct 15, 2014 $65,562 -
$87,000
Director-Education Program Ya Zhou Wen Hua Enterprises Ltd.(N.Y.) New York, NY Sep 17, 2013 $58,000
Director of Programs and Education South Florida Bone Marrow Stem Cell Transplant Ins Boynton Beach, FL Oct 18, 2011 $58,000
Education Program Director The First Yunnan LLC Manassas, VA Sep 15, 2015 $56,800
Education Program Director Grace Mission University Fullerton, CA Oct 01, 2010 $56,558
Educational Program Director Tamalpa Institute San Rafael, CA Oct 01, 2012 $55,640
Education Program Director Korean Cable TV of Washington, Inc. Fairfax, VA Oct 15, 2012 $55,410
Program Director, Education/Recreation Camp Marimeta, Inc. Mundelein, IL Oct 02, 2014 $55,000
International Education Program Director Virginia University of Science & Technology Inc. McLean, VA Sep 17, 2016 $54,805
Educational Program Director The Korean Channel, Inc. NY Sep 01, 2011 $51,591
Education Program Director Orchepia School of Music, Inc. Irvine, CA Jan 15, 2015 $49,837
Director Educational Programs JKST King of Prussia, PA Dec 15, 2011 $49,500
Music Education Program Director Chinese American Arts Council New York, NY Feb 15, 2010 $48,940
Music Education Program Director Chinese American Arts Council New York, NY Feb 15, 2010 $48,523
Director of Education Program Cross Culture Exchange Corp San Francisco, CA Sep 30, 2014 $48,001
Physical Education and Wellness Program Director Beverly Winward Wilmington, DE Sep 27, 2013 $48,000

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Top Skills for An Educational Program Director

CurriculumDevelopmentOutreachProgramsInitiativesSuperviseOversightPolicyLessonPlansArtProfessionalDevelopmentProgramsAdditionalProgramBudgetK-12HistoryCustomerServiceAdvisoryCommitteeMathematicsKindergartenNon-ProfitSpecialEducationStaffMembers

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Top Educational Program Director Skills

  1. Curriculum Development
  2. Outreach Programs
  3. Initiatives
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised course design and curriculum development, developed delivery strategies on budget and regularly reported course status at the board level.
  • Monitor health education efforts and evaluate the effectiveness of various outreach programs.
  • Implement training and development initiatives.
  • Supervised and implemented curriculum standards, organized, educational events for Church's School in coordination with other community organizations.
  • Led Department of Multicultural Education and Programs and implemented initiatives that provided oversight in directing school culture of diversity and multiculturalism.

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