Early Childhood Director Credential

Graduate Certificate | Fully Online 

The 9-credit Early Childhood Director Credential program is designed as a standard to measure and validate the abilities and competencies of directors and administrators to manage high quality early childhood and school-age programs.

The courses are offered completely online, allowing for flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. To be eligible for the Pennsylvania Director Credential, students must successfully complete the required business course (ECH 564) and at least two additional courses from this set of six. Candidates must have previously completed a bachelor’s degree.

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, visit The Pennsylvania Key

Earn Your Master of Education Degree

The 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. 

For more information about the NAEYC accredited Master of Education in Early Childhood Education, visit the education program page

Admissions

To be eligible for the PA Directors Credential, students must successfully complete the required business course (ECH 564) and at least two additional courses from this set of six. Candidates must have successfully completed and earn their bachelor’s degree.

Course Info & Schedule

Program Delivery

Each course is 3 credits and delivered in an online format. Each course is limited to 25 students. The six courses will be offered throughout the calendar year enabling students to easily complete the three of six courses within six months to one year. 

ECH 563 Leadership in Early Childhood Education 
Courses begin: Spring Term 2020 - Dates TBD

ECH 564 The Business of Child Care 
Course begins: May 20 - June 29, 2019 (Summer A Term 2019)
Course begins: October 21 - December 13, 2019 (Fall Term 2019)                          

ECH 540 Families and Early Childhood Education  
Course begins: July 1 - August 9, 2019 (Summer B Term 2019)

TCH 575 Advanced Child Development 
Course begins: August 26 - October 18, 2019 (Fall Term 2019)

ECH 577 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment 
Course Date: Spring 2020 - Dates TBD

ECH 565 Health and Safety Practices in Early Childhood 
Course Date: December 16, 2019 - January 17, 2020 (Winter Term 2019)

Cancellation Policy
Shippensburg University reserves the right to cancel any courses due to insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances. 

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. For more information, visit The Pennsylvania Key. The credential is awarded by the PA Key, not Shippensburg University. 

Non-Degree Students

Students who take courses for the PA Director Credential at Shippensburg University may take the courses on a non-degree basis. 

Current & Past Students

Log in to your MyShip Portal using your Ship email address and password to register for courses.

Tuition & Financial Assistance Options

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. The application can be found at pakeys.org.

Tuition scholarships of up to $900 are available through a partnership of Shippensburg University and the Mid-State 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.

For more information: 

Information about tuition, fees, paying your bill, and the refund and withdraw policies are available on the Student Accounts page. 

For additional questions regarding tuition and financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office

If you are receiving financial assistance from your employer to pay your tuition and/or fees, you must complete the Employer Reimbursement Tuition Deferment Application.

Program Questions & Academic Advising  

Rebecca Ward, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Early Childhood Education
717-477-1270 | rjward@ship.edu

General Questions 

Office of Professional, Continuing & Distance Education 
(717) 477-1502 | pcde@ship.edu