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The minimum licensing requirements for a director is a CDA; Certified Childcare Professional (CCP); or the National Administrator’s Credential (NAC) plus six Utah Early Childhood Career Ladder training courses.  Utah does not have a state administrator credential but it offers a leadership certificate offered through Utah AEYC. Principal licensure requires a master’s degree; pre-K certification is not available. Utah does not have a traditional QRIS, rather a recognition system where providers publically self-report data on a checklist of indicators.  Principal licensure is required for school-based pre-K programs, however there are no requirements for administrators of community-based programs.  There is one early childhood degree program and no leadership academies in Utah.

Interesting Facts: Utah

  • Snow College offers an AAS degree in child care management.

  • Utah has a Leadership Certificate based on 40 clock hours of training in program administration, professionalism, adult learning, and change management.

  • The state pre-K program is available in a mixed delivery system that includes family child care.