Pennsylvania Director Credential

By Sue Gettlin | November 2, 2011

Required Courses

  • ED620 Planning of Early Childhood Programs
  • ED621 Communication Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs
  • ED637 Instructional Leadership

This three-course, graduate-level program 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 will be 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. Credits also can be applied toward PA Act 48 Continuing Education credits.