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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.

Tuition

$399/course (plus fees)

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, please contact Dr. Carmen Session at (954) 262-8429 or carmsand@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.
  • We require proof of English proficiency from ALL student unless they are from these countries – Commonwealth Caribbean, Bermuda, Canada, United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand. Exceptions can be made with Skype interviews.

    Students for whom their high school education was NOT at an English speaking institution or for whom English is NOT their native language, must be able to demonstrate adequate English skills by submitting one of the following:

    • Proof of graduation from a U.S. regionally-accredited high school.
    • College transcript with one "English Composition One" course at a U.S. regionally-accredited college with a grade of C or better.
    • Proof of English language proficiency with a passing score on one of the following:
      • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): 213 on the computer-based test; 550 on the paper-based test; or 79 on the Internet-based test
      • International English Language Testing System (IELTS*): 6.0 or higher on the test module
      • Pearson Test of English-Academic (PTE Academic): Overall score of 54 or higher
      • iTep Academic (International Test of English Proficiency): Overall score of 3.9 or higher
      • Passing Level 9 from TALK International
      • Completion and passing of ELS Level 112 Intensive Program English for Academic Purposes
      • SAT verbal scores of 520 or above, or ACT English score of 20

INITIAL CREDENTIAL

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 0270 Administration of Child Care & Education Programs 3

COURSES FOR RENEWED AND/OR ADVANCED CREDENTIAL

Course Number Course Title Credits
ECA 2273 Child Care Administration: Organizational Leadership and Management
(May be used toward renewal)
3
ECA 0275 Child Care Administration: Financial and Legal Issues
(May be used toward renewal)
3
ECA 0278 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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