PA 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 the Glenside campus, King of Prussia campus, and at convenient locations in Montgomery County. 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. 

Scholarships

Tuition support for college coursework is available through T.E.A.C.H. (Teacher Education and Compensation Helps) Early Childhood® PENNSYLVANIA Scholarship Program, which works with providers, colleges and child care staff to offer scholarship programs and support systems that improve the education and compensation of child care workers.

Coursework

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.

The three required courses in the PA Director Credential program at Arcadia are:

  • ED 620 Planning of Early Childhood Programs
  • ED 621 Communication Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs
  • ED 630 Instructional Leadership 

The entire course sequence is offered over one year, fall, spring, and summer. Courses do not need to be taken in any specific sequence.

Credits earned in the PA Director Credential program can be applied toward a master’s degree in education with a grade of B or higher.  In addition, ED630 Instructional Leadership can be applied to the master's 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.

Admissions to the PA Director Credential Program

Students must have a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) from an approved institution of higher education, with a degree in Early Childhood or an approved related field and a grade point average of 3.0, and meet the requirements of Pennsylvania Key.

For more information, contact Dr. Foram Bhukhanwala, at bhukhanf@arcadia.edu or 215-517-2590.

Requirements for the PA Director Credential Program

Credential issued by Pennsylvania Key. (Must meet the requirements of Pennsylvania Key; 9 credits)

  • ED 620 Planning of Child Development Programs
  • ED 621 Communication Strategies for Effective Early Childhood Programs
  • ED 637 Instructional Leadership
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