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Oklahoma Director’s Credential
1. Doctoral Degree of Philosophy, Doctoral Degree of Education.
2. Master Degree of Science, Master Degree of Art.
3. Bachelor Degree of Science, Bachelor Degree of Art.
4. Approved college credit hours must be on the Recommended
Approved Coursework List (www.cecpd.org) and articulate to a
two- or four-year 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
8. Directors’ Leadership Academy is available through the Center
for Early Childhood Professional Development (www.cecpd.org).
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 (www.okhighered.org/scholars/career-tech.
13. Master Teacher or Director Competency Certificate only awarded
by Oklahoma Department of Career Technology. Contact your
local technology center for information.
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.
Family Child Care Home Entry Level Training (FHELT), Director’s Entry Level Training (DELT), and Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT) can only be counted one time toward renewal hours.