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Minimum state licensing standards require that program directors be a high school graduate, have six months of teaching experience, and 90 clock hours of accredited coursework (CEU’s)  in staff supervision, human relations, and child development. If a director functions as a teacher, they must also meet the qualifications of a teacher. Elementary principals must have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree with teaching experience; pre-K content are a part of the principal certification requirements. The state-wide QRIS is based on a points system; one point is awarded if the director has a director’s credential and one point is awarded if the director has a BA with at least 24 semester hours of early childhood education credit. In the state pre-K Program, principal licensure is required in school-based programs and a graduate degree is required of directors of community-based programs.

Interesting Facts: Minnesota

  • Minnesota has three administrator credentials recognized by NAEYC as meeting the alternative pathway requirements for an administrator of an accredited child care program.

  • The Minnesota AEYC offers a leadership academy designed for individuals aspiring to be directors.

  • Licensing requires continuing education at 1% of hours worked annually.