Pennsylvania Director Credential Courses for Child Care Directors
Arcadia University offers the Pennsylvania Director Credential, a three-course, graduate-level program that is a requirement of the Keystone STARS program under the Pennsylvania Early Learning Department. Courses are offered on campus, at King of Prussia and at various childcare locations. The entire course sequence is offered over one year in fall, spring, and summer. Courses do not need to be taken in any specific sequence.
The goal of the PA Director Credential is to provide directors and administrators of early child care sites, centers, preschools, and before and after school care programs with the skills and knowledge to organize, lead, and manage high quality education centers based on state mandates, current trends and research-based practices.
All credits earned in the PA Director Credential program can be applied toward an Early Childhood Education master’s degree program and can be an add-on or used as electives in Special Education, Elementary Education, and Reading master’s degree programs. In addition, ED630 Leadership can be applied to the Masters in Educational Leadership and Supervision. Individual advising will guide students who wish to pursue further coursework.
Keystone STARS is an initiative to improve, support and recognize the continuous quality improvement efforts of early learning programs in Pennsylvania. This comprehensive professional development system, including career pathways with credentials, is for practitioners in settings including center- and home-based child care, school-age programs, Head Start, early intervention programs, and school-based programs. In order for Early Childhood Programs to reach Keystone STARS Level 3, directors must be credentialed.
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