West Virginia

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Child care licensing differentiates director qualifications among three center types based on the number of children enrolled. For a Type 1 Center (30 children or less) the director must have a CDA and 300 clock hours of experience working with children or ten years of relevant work experience. Directors of licensed programs must complete 15 clock hours of training for administrators annually. The Early Childhood Director’s Credential is offered as a 10-semester-hour certificate at West Virginia University; a bachelor’s degree is a prerequisite. Elementary school principals receive pre-K-Adult certification and are required to have a master’s degree. There is no QRIS in West Virginia; while it was proposed in 2015, it has not been implemented yet.  While administrators of school-based state pre-K are required to have a master’s degree, there are no specific requirements for administrators of community-based state pre-K. West Virginia does not have any early childhood leadership degree programs or leadership academies.


Interesting Facts: West Virginia

  • Directors of large centers are required to have a minimum of an AA degree in business/administration or an unrelated associate degree with 12 semester hours in early childhood education.

  • The average salary of child care directors is $33,460 - the lowest in the nation.

  • The average age of center-based administrators is 37.4 years, the youngest of seven other states in the 2012 Review of Workforce Trends report.