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Charter Oak State College Encourages Voter Registration
Please register to vote in the upcoming election on Tuesday, November 4th. Get information on deadlines and how to register.

Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall Meeting Held
On Monday 9/22, Charter Oak State College held our Transform CSCU 2020 Town Hall meeting at our campus and online.

Charter Oak State College Celebrates Constitution Day
September 17th is Constitution Day! Take this opportunity to learn more about this document.

Seeking New Student Alternate Rep to CT's Statewide Student Advisory Committee
Great opportunity to network with students from other institutions and to be part of the discussion on public higher education in CT

Go Back to Get Ahead Registration Event on 8/13
Admissions and financial aid representatives from Charter Oak State College will host a registration event for Go Back to Get Ahead prospective students on Wednesday, August 13th from 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement
Omar Rosario named Student Speaker for Charter Oak State College commencement

Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education

Requirements for the Connecticut Director's Credential (CDC)

At each level of the CDC, applicants must document their knowledge and ability in the eight core areas of knowledge by:

  1. Meeting minimum educational requirements of 12 credits in Early Childhood or After School (School-Age/Youth) Education including Child/Youth Development;
  2. Providing confirmation of required supervisory experience/supervised administrative/administrative experience in an early care or after school setting; and
  3. Presenting evidence of knowledge of administrative and leadership practice in the form of course credit, completion of approved training programs, completion of a prior learning (non-credit) portfolio, or any combination of these methods, in the five areas of competency listed below:
    • Charter Oak State College, as well as a number of other colleges and universities, including most community colleges in Connecticut, offer these courses. See our approved list of suggested courses (PDF).
    • Several courses may also be offered through Connecticut Charts-A-Course that have been recommended by Charter Oak State College for 3 undergraduate credits and that meet several competency areas for the CDC. Please visit their website for information.

Five Competency Areas

Competency 1: Initial comprehensive course in administration and supervision, required for all levels of the Credential. To meet this requirement, applicants may choose to take a 3-credit comprehensive introductory course in administration and supervision that covers all of the core areas of knowledge listed above.

Competency 2: Personnel management and staff development: Examples of courses in this area are human resource management; personnel management and human behavior.

Competency 3: Budget/fiscal management: Examples of courses in this area are financial accounting; small business management; small business accounting; or non-profit accounting.

Competency 4: Leadership skills: Examples of courses in this area are courses on leadership practices; leading teams; team building; interpersonal communication; leadership and group process.

Competency 5: Child/Family/School and Community Relations: Child, family and school relations; children, schools and the community; family school partnerships; public policy and family; any course on the child and the family which emphasized the relationship between child, family, and the teacher/school. (An introductory course on the family will not be acceptable).

Minimum Experience* and Education** Requirements

Initial Level - Minimum Associate Degree (renewable in 3 years)

  • one year of supervisory experience, and
  • one year of full-time supervised administrative experience
  • AA/AS degree with 12 credits in early childhood or after school education and completion of 3 credits in competency area 1 plus 6 credits in two of the remaining competency areas.

Standard Level - Minimum Bachelor Degree(renewable in 3 years)

  • one year of supervisory experience, and
  • one year of full-time supervised administrative experience, and
  • one additional year of administrative experience.
  • BA/BS degree with 12 credits in Early Childhood or After School Education and completion of 3 credits in competency area 1 plus 9 credits in three of the remaining competency areas.

Master Level - Minimum Master's Degree(renewable in 6 years)

  • one year of supervisory experience, and
  • one year of supervised administrative experience, and
  • two additional years of administrative experience.
  • MA/MS degree with 12 credits in early childhood or after school education and completion of 3 credits in competency area 1 plus 12 credits in each of the remaining competency areas.

Download/view the Connecticut Director's Credential (CDC) Brochure (PDF)
Please Note:
2012-13 Fees have changed since the brochure was printed. See Costs Associated with the CDC

*Official documentation of experience: Applicants must have someone who has directly supervised them verify their experience by written letter. This letter should be sent under original signature directly by the person writing it to the CDC Coordinator at Charter Oak State College. **Please have all official transcripts sent to Charter Oak State College as verification of degree completion and coursework to meet the competency areas. Transcripts must be sent directly to Charter Oak State College in a sealed envelope. Xeroxed copies or opened envelopes are not official copies. Requirements for the CDC can be met through one or more of the following pathways:

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