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Child care licensing minimally requires that directors have a CDA and two years of experience working in licensed child care. The competency-based director credential is based on clock hour training. Elementary principals are required to have a master’s degree, however pre-K content and experience are not required. The statewide QRIS requires, at the highest level, administrators to have an associate degree in early childhood education or related field (at least 21 semester hours). Administrators are required to have a bachelor’s degree in state pre-K programs. There are four early childhood leadership degree programs and two leadership academies in Ohio.

Interesting Facts: Ohio

  • There are more child care directors (2,110) than elementary school principals (1,943) in Ohio.

  • The 4C Early Education Business and Leadership Development Institute and the Ohio Early Childhood Leadership Academy are offered in the state.

  • Early childhood leadership degree programs are offered at 3 private institutions in Ohio: Davis College, University of Dayton, and Union Institute and University.