Early Childhood Director
Competency Credential

This credential is designed for current and future directors and/or owners of early care and education programs. Combined with the appropriate degree and required work experience in the field, this credential enables students to earn the Pennsylvania Early Childhood Director Credential. This program of study should make individuals attractive candidates for director positions in programs, especially those participating in Pennsylvania's Quality Initiative, Keystone Stars. The course work emphasizes the director as one who assumes a leadership role in programmatic and administrative areas, including curriculum, program planning and quality, staff supervision, pedagogical practices, and support for young children and their families. This credential consists of nine credits beyond an associate degree in a field specified by PA Key. A grade of 'C' or higher must be earned in each course, and an elective used to satisfy the requirements for an associate's degree may not be used for this credential. For further information see the Pennsylvania Early Learning Keys to Quality website: www.pakeys.org

Program Specs

Open House

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Early Childhood Education student works in the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College
Places for children to play are evident at the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College
Early Childhood Education students work in the Children’s Learning Center at Penn College

About the curriculum

Classes

View the classes you will be attending in the College Catalog.

After graduation

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics median annual wage for preschool and childcare center directors was $43,950 in May 2012. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $27,930, and the top 10 percent earned more than $84,340.

Industries with the highest published employment and wages for this occupation are:

Industry Employment Hourly mean wage Annual mean wage
Child Day Care Services 32,160 $21.67 $45,070
Elementary and Secondary Schools 7,500 $34.62 $72,020
Individual and Family Services 2,420 $25.44 $52,920
Civic and Social Organizations 1,770 $21.75 $45,240
Religious Organizations 870 $28.56 $59,400

*Statistics reported in May 2012

Clubs & Activities

  • Children's Learning Center - work with toddlers and preschoolers
  • Early Educators

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Early Childhood Director Advisory Committee

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Advisory committees, which act as recommending bodies to the faculty and administration, consist of in-field professionals who act as partners in the development of curriculum. Their curricular and equipment advice as well as their industry connections and internship opportunities are invaluable to our students and to the growth of our institution.

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