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Connecticut Director's Credential

The Connecticut Director's Credential provides a career ladder and a means for documenting the educational, experiential and leadership competencies of professional early care and after school program administrators. The credential's three levels of proficiency (Initial, Standard and Master) are based on qualifications in early childhood or after-school education, core areas of administrative knowledge, and appropriate levels of on-the-job supervisory/administrative experience. Applicants for the CDC document their knowledge by presenting evidence of experience, college credit, completion of a prior learning portfolio, or any combination of these methods. The CDC is a renewal credential.

Credential Education Requirements

Total15 credits

ECE 250: Adminstration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs

3 cr

ECE 325: Personnel Management in Programs for Young Children

3 cr

ECE 351: Advanced Leadership in Programs for Young Children

3 cr

ECE 3XX: Finance in Programs for Young Children

3 cr

SOC 210 or 350: Child/School/Family and Community Relations


Training and Experience requirements are determined by the level of the credential for which the student applies.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who complete this certificate program should be able to:

  1. plan and implement developmentally appropriate care and education programs for children and their families;
  2. develop and maintain an effective organization;
  3. plan and implement effective administrative systems to carry out program goals, mission and objectives;
  4. effectively administer a program of personnel management and staff development;
  5. foster positive community relations and influence childcare policy that affects the program;
  6. develop and maintain the physical facility;
  7. have the legal knowledge necessary for effective management;
  8. apply financial management tools.

For further information contact the Coordinator of Early Childhood and Youth Education Programs.

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