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The minimum licensing requirements for a center director require 90 clock hours of training or the CDA plus three semester hours of education in business/administration. Preschool programs serving more than 40 children require a director to have an associate degree with 15 semester hours in early childhood education. The Administrator’s Credential in Maryland is competency based and has four levels. At the first two levels, it minimally requires clock hour training and experience in early childhood education; at level three and four it requires an associate and baccalaureate degree respectively. Principal licensure requires a master’s degree and teaching experience. Elementary principal certificates can include pre-K, however pre-K content and pre-K experience are not required.  At the highest level of the state-wide QRIS, Maryland EXCELS, the program director must hold the Administrator’s Credential (level 2 or higher). There is one early childhood leadership academy and no early childhood leadership degree programs.

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