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Florida Director Credential

Coursework for the initial director credential provides an overview of the skills and knowledge required in the operation and management of an early care and education program. Additional coursework for the Advanced Director Credential incorporates organizational management, financial and legal issues, and curriculum development for children and families.

Who Should Apply

  • Individuals with high school degrees or General Equivalency Diplomas (GED) who wish to pursue a career in the child care profession;
  • Practicing child care professionals who have already earned their CDA and wish to become owners or administrators of a child care facility;
  • Individuals with degrees or experience in other professions who wish to become owners or administrators of a child care facility.

For information about program availability and application deadlines, please send an e-mail to admissions@nova.edu.

For Students with a High School Diploma or GED

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University;
  • Copy of high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date (if available) or GED equivalent.

For Students with Previously Earned College Credits

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University;
  • Copies of transcripts from all previously attended colleges and universities;
  • Copy of high school transcripts with courses, grades, and graduation date (if available) or GED equivalent are required for applicants with fewer than 24 college credits.

For Students with Degrees Earned Outside the United States

  • Completed admission application packet, including $50 nonrefundable application fee made payable to Nova Southeastern University;
  • Course-by-course transcript evaluation with GPA calculation and official English translation, if necessary, from Josef Silny & Associates, World Education Services, or other National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) member;
  • For non-native English speakers, official test scores showing a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based or 550 on the paper-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam, 480 on the verbal section of the SAT, a grade of "C" or better in a composition course at a regionally accredited college or university in the U.S., or 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.

INITIAL CREDENTIAL

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 270 Administration of Child Care & Education Programs 3

COURSES FOR RENEWED AND/OR ADVANCED CREDENTIAL

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 273 Child Care Administration: Organizational Leadership and Management
(May be used toward renewal)
3
ECA 275 Child Care Administration: Financial and Legal Issues
(May be used toward renewal)
3
ECA 278 Curricular Programming in Early Childhood Centers
(May be used toward renewal)
3

TOTAL CREDITS: 12

Coursework in the director credential is available to working professionals fully online. The online program allows students to receive and submit coursework and interact with participants and professors via the Internet, which allows busy professionals to complete their credential without having to leave their jobs or travel long distances.

  • Satisfactory completion of required coursework;
  • Satisfactory completion of practical application experiences.

The director credential coursework meets the content requirements of the Overview of Child Care Management as defined by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) for the Florida Child Care Director Credential. Students who successfully complete the required coursework must apply for the initial or advanced credential through the DCF. Information about the process can be found at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare/index.shtml

Undergraduate Admissions: 1-800-338-4723

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