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Administrators in Arizona’s state-wide QRIS (at the highest level) and those in public pre-K are required to have a bachelor’s degree and at least 30 semester hours of college credit in early childhood education. These criteria are supported by seven different degree programs from one university and two community colleges. In addition, there are 25 elementary principal degree programs at 11 institutions. Directors of child care centers can meet licensing requirements through a combination of education, credentials, and experience with as little as 6 semester hours of college credit in early childhood or child development. Arizona does not offer a statewide director credential.

Interesting Facts: Arizona

  • State child care licensing requires at least 15 clock hours of on-going annual training.

  • Southwest Human Development in Phoenix offers an 11-month Aim4Excellence™ Director’s Credential program.

  • $37,550 is the average salary of early childhood program directors in Arizona.