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MnAEYC Early Childhood Director's Credential
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The Director's Credential is nationally recognized and is offered by two of our partners, Eager to Learn and Metro State University. The credential is available for either credit or non-credit. Visit their websites, and/or contact them directly for more information.

Eager to Learn

Metro State University

Eager-to-Learn, a nationally recognized leader in online education, offers a comprehensive base of knowledge and skills focused on meeting the needs of early childhood educators and leaders. As part of these initiatives, Eager-to-Learn offers the training requirements for the Director's Credential, starting each year in January. The courses offered in the Eager-to-Learn Directors Training Cohort meet the NAEYC course guidelines for a state or national credential.

Who's this for?
Child Care Center Directors and Assistant Directors who are currently working in the field.

Cohort Format
Participants in the Eager-to-Learn Directors Credential Cohort take eight online classes together, offering a supportive learning community for the year-long program. The credential cohort includes an independent study practicum project and the MnAEYC credential, which are included in the cost. Participants who have completed one of our eight Eager to Learn cohorts tell us that the opportunities for coaching support, knowledgeable instructors with center management experience and networking among peers make their experience valuable and meaningful.

What is the cost?
In addition to the quality and convenience of the courses, the program is an affordable training alternative. For a total of just $1000 (plus modest books fees for several classes), the Eager to Learn program is approximately half the cost of traditional training courses. Participants receive over 144 hours of high quality training taught by our experienced, certified instructors.

For more information, contact Grace Kintzinger at or 651-746-4925.

Who’s this for?
Experienced Center Directors, Assistant Center Directors, and Area Managers

What can I use these credits for?
The credits for these courses may be used toward a bachelor’s degree at Metropolitan State University, including the new B.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies. Credits may also transfer to another college or university.

Theory Seminar Format

What is a theory seminar?
Theory seminars are designed for individuals with experience and practical knowledge in managing childcare centers, but limited theoretical learning. Theory seminars require 10-18 hours of classroom time, participation in lively discussions with other knowledgeable center directors, and work outside of the classroom. Instructors evaluate students’ integrated new learning with their prior experiences. New students may register for theory seminars each semester.

(16 Credits)

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