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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 three early childhood leadership degree programs from the University of Dayton.

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