Early Childhood Director Credential


Students who take courses for the PA Director Credential at Shippensburg University may take the courses on a non-degree basis. Each student is responsible for submitting an application for a Director Credential directly to the Pennsylvania Keys to Quality program with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. The credential is awarded by the PA Key, not Shippensburg University. For more information go to www.pakeys.org.

Registration and Costs

To register for a course, please visit www.ship.edu/pcde/registration_information. You will find directions here for Admitted and Returning Students as well as directions for New Non-Degree Students.

Tuition and fees for a 3-credit online course are $1,596 for Pennsylvania residents and $1,653 for non-residents. (These rates are specific to the 2013-2014 academic year.) Additional information can be found at www.ship.edu/Student_Accounts/Tuition_and_Fees/.

Financial Assistance

  • Pennsylvania Keys to Quality offers a College Tuition Reimbursement Voucher up to $500 per college credit and up to $3000 per year in tuition reimbursement. Application may be found at: www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=Career_Financial
  • Tuition scholarships of up to $900 are available through a partnership of Shippensburg University and the South Central Regional Key. To be eligible, students must be currently employed full time as a director or assistant director of a STARS facility and may not receive additional funds/grants/financial aid for the course.
  • Degree seeking graduate students enrolled at least part-time (6-8 credits) at Shippensburg University are eligible to receive the Federal Direct Stafford Loan. Graduate students enrolled in less than 6 credits may apply for an Alternative Loan to cover the cost of education. www.ship.edu/Financial_Aid

Interested in pursuing a Master of Education degree?

Courses taken as part of the Director Credential may be transferred directly into a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Early Childhood Cluster at Shippensburg University. Candidates must also meet the following requirements:
  • Hold a Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or human services or hold a bachelor's degree in any other field, including 30 credit hours of early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education, or human services.
  • Have an undergraduate overall grade point average of at least 2.75 or an approved score on the Miller Analogies Test.
  • Submit an application to the Office of Graduate Admissions.
  • Provide official transcripts of all undergraduate/graduate work.
  • Complete a questionnaire concerning teaching background and future goals.
  • Submit three letters of reference.
  • Appear for an interview and a planning review with department faculty.
For more information regarding the Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction-Early Childhood Cluster and course descriptions, seehttp://www.ship.edu/Academics/Programs/Graduate/Early_Childhood_Education.

Contact Information

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1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg University
Shippensburg, PA, 17257
(717) 477-1502
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