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At the highest level, Georgia’s state-wide QRIS requires that administrators hold a bachelor’s degree. State pre-K programs located in public schools require that administrators have a P-12 certificate; however, directors of community-based child care programs do not have administrator preservice requirements. Elementary principals are required to earn a master’s degree with pre-K coursework. Georgia does not offer a director credential or host any leadership academies for early childhood administrators.

Interesting Facts: Georgia

  • Elementary principals earn more than twice ($94,674) that of child care directors ($39,670).

  • The Georgia Professional Development System for Early Childhood Educators is mandatory for all early childhood staff.

  • Piedmont College offers an interdisciplinary BA degree in early childhood program administration.