Center for Early Childhood Professional Development

Reflecting Oklahoma's commitment to high quality early care and education by providing professional development that produces results!

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General Education
High School


BS, BA3, or
any advanced
degree beyond
bachelors level
earned at a
college or
3 credit hours4 in English
Composition I
PhD, EdD1,
MS, MA2,

Early Childhood Education (ECE)

Child Development (CD)

School-Age (SA)

Knowledge & Skills

credit hours4
Certificate in
Not Required
Certificate of   Mastery9
9 ECE/CD/SA credit hours4
credit hours4
credit hours4

Administration (ADMIN)

Management (MGT)

Knowledge & Skills

3 admin/mgt
credit hours4
admin/mgt credential14
40 admin/mgt
clock hours15
​Not Required
6 admin/mgt credit hours4
Directors’ Leadership
Academy I&II8
Director’s Certificate of
Pathway Director
6 admin/
mgt credit
Academy I & III8
9 admin/
mgt credit
Experience 12 months5
12 months5
9 months5 6 months5 3 months5
Annual Renewal Clock Hours
20 hours job
related training6
30 hours
job related
30 hours
job related
30 hours
job related
30 hours
job related

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 1, 2016


Oklahoma Director’s Credential


1. Doctoral Degree of Philosophy, Doctoral Degree of Education earned at a regionally-accredited college or university.

2. Master Degree of Science, Master Degree of Art earned at a regionally-accredited college or university.

3. Bachelor Degree of Science, Bachelor Degree of Art earned at a regionally-accredited college or university.

4. Approved college credit hours must be on the Recommended Approved Coursework List ( and be earned at a regionally-       accredited college or university.

5. Qualifying experience must be as a teacher, master teacher, family child care home primary caregiver, assistant director, or director in a licensed child care setting (30 hours per week).

6. No more than 6 clock-hours of informal professional development is counted toward annual renewal hours. Training in the core content areas identified in “Oklahoma Core Competencies for Early Childhood Practitioners”: 1) child growth and development; 2)health, safety and nutrition; 3) child observation and assessment; 4) family and community partnerships; 5) learning environments and curriculum; 6) interactions with children; 7)program planning, development and evaluation; and /or 8) professionalism and leadership. NOTE: Entry Level Child Care Training-(ELCCT) cannot be used to meet level or renewal criteria.

7. Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science earned at a regionally-accredited college or university.

8. Directors’ Leadership Academy is available through the Center for Early Childhood Professional Development (

9. The Certificate of Mastery in child development or early childhood education is a minimum 18-credit hour certificate awarded by an Oklahoma community college.

10. Current Child Development Associate (CDA) or Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) credential.

11. Certificate of Completion for directors and assistant directors is issued by the Scholars for Excellence in Child Care (www.

12. Early Care and Education: Director’s Pathway to Program Administration is available through Oklahoma Career Technology Centers ( shtml).

13. Master Teacher or Director Competency Certificate only awarded by Oklahoma Department of Career Technology.

14. Approved administration/management credential, such as the National Administrator Credential (NAC).

15. Training approved through the Oklahoma Professional Development Registry, with at least 10 clock-hours in any three management core knowledge areas: Educational Programming & Family Support; Personnel & Professional Self-Awareness; Staff Management & Human Relations; Leadership & Advocacy; Program Operation & Facilities Management; Legal Management; or Fiscal Management.


NOTE: Completion of Director’s Entry Level Training (DELT) course meets 20 clock hours of this requirement. Informal professional development is not counted toward meeting this requirement.


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