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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.

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Metropolitan State University is a fully accredited, comprehensive university and a member of the Minnesota State higher education system. Campuses are located in St. Paul, Minneapolis, and Brooklyn Park. Online courses for the MnAEYC Director's Credential are offered in fall and spring semesters.

Who’s this for?
Early Childhood Teachers, Assistant Center Directors, Directors, Area Managers and others interested in learning about the administration of early childhood programs.

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 B.A.S. degree in Early Childhood Studies. Credits may also transfer to another college or university.

Online Format

PSYC 425 Administration of Early Childhood Programs I

This online course covers the nature of early childhood program administration, decision making and communication, leadership images, human relations, time management, employee motivation and evaluation, planning and organizing, and budgeting. Special attention is paid to the geographic location, ethnic composition and ages of the population beings served, legal requirements for centers in Minnesota and other states, philosophies of child care and their impact on curriculum, and staff qualifications.

Undergraduate Credits: 4

Prerequisite: PSYC 308 Child Psychology, Child Development, or instructor's permission

PSYC 426 Administration of Early Childhood Programs II

This online course identifies and evaluates critical success factors leading to effective managerial performance of early childhood administrators in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader and motivator. Management theory, current trends in regulations and standards for early childhood programs including health/safety of children in the facility, federal history in early childhood, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and child abuse and neglect mandated reporter regulations. Students examine the elements of a business plan and budgeting, strategic planning, parent engagement, advocacy, anti-bias leadership and program marketing.

Undergraduate Credits: 4

Prerequisite: PSYC 425 Administration of Early Childhood Programs I or instructor's permission

What is the cost?

For the current cost per credit, please see this link to the tuition, fines, and fees page located on Metropolitan State University's website:

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