Texas Director’s Credential

Child Care Director Certification Programs

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Texas Director's Certificate

The Texas Director’s Credential program provides professional information for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The Director’s Credential training program is comprised of six Instructional Units. These units focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center in the state of Texas. Each student enrolled in the Texas Director’s Credential program receives support from an Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an Early Childhood specialist and has previous experience working in a child care center or school.

In addition, this program has been evaluated by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (NCCRS) and has been recommended for four semester hours of credit in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education in the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category.

Upon satisfactorily completing the Texas Director Credential program, students should be able to:

  • Recall characteristics of child development and activities that promote growth and learning
  • Recognize elements of a developmentally appropriate classroom and effective curriculum practices
  • Identify and utilize best practices and strategies for observing and assessing young children’s development
  • Recognize appropriate positive guidance strategies and the benefits of implementing positive guidance
  • Identify common hazards and strategies for maintaining a safe and healthy environment
  • Identify practices that ensure safe and healthy food service and promote healthy eating habits in young children
  • Recall strategies for creating an inclusive learning environment for all children and families
  • Recognize signs of child abuse and neglect and recall reporting requirements when child abuse is suspected
  • Identify regulations and legal requirements that relate to operating a child care center
  • Identify key considerations for developing a child care center philosophy and mission & vision statements
  • Recognize leadership practices that promote efficiency, teamwork, and effective communication
  • Identify strategies, requirements and best practices for hiring, training, and retaining employees
  • Identify effective communication strategies with employees and families
  • Define and identify key elements of a child care center budget
  • Identify effective marketing tools and strategies for child care centers
  • Identify various forms of child advocacy and community resources that support healthy child development
  • Recognize recommended strategies for building relationships with families and promoting family involvement
  • Demonstrate competence in key elements of child care center management

Students enrolled in the Texas Director’s Credential program are assessed using the following methods:

  • Competency based multiple choice questions
  • Essays and short answer writing assignments
  • Interactive content: reflection questions, surveys, content sorting activities
  • End of course quizzes in multiple choice format – Students must pass each quiz with a grade of 70% or better to
    complete the course.
    • Cumulative final exam in multiple choice format – Students must pass with a grade of 70% or better to complete
    the certificate program.
  • Must be 21 years of age or older
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED obtained from institutions accredited and recognized by U. S.
    Department of Education and submit documentation as proof. Diplomas earned outside the U. S. or presented in a
    language other than English must be translated by a member of the American Translators Association, an approved
    credential evaluation agency approved by the Bureau of Educators Certification, or an accredited
    college/university.
  • Must have access to a computer and printer
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have access to the Internet through a CCEI supported JavaScript enabled web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer,
    Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write well enough in the language the course is presented in to understand and
    complete the course material
  • Some courses require students to demonstrate competence in daily practices related to managing and operating
    an early learning environment. Students must be working in an early childhood environment to successfully
    complete the training program.

Textbook Information: A textbook is required and must be purchased at the student’s expense.  Planning and Administering Early Childhood Programs, 11th Edition, by Nancy K. Freeman, Celia A. Decker, and John R. Decker. ISBN-13: 9780134029177 Approximate Cost: $45.00 (online).

Completion of CCEI Coursework:

Students may complete a maximum of six (6) courses each day. Submission of final coursework should occur at least two (2) weeks before end-of program deadline to allow for grading and revisions. After completion of all required documentation and coursework, student will have access to final exam. Please refer to the Student Handbook for specific Academic Policy requirements.

Settings: Infant-Toddler, Preschool, Family Child Care, and School-Age Care
Program Code: 5103-DC
Program Length: 65 Hours
IACET CEU Value: 6.5 CEUs
Program Start Date: Rolling Enrollment – Start Anytime
Program End Date: 183 days from enrollment date
Tuition Cost: $625
Application Fee: $75
Total Program Cost: $700
Approximate Book Cost (online): $45

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