Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential

KSAEYC director credential

Building on almost 10 years of foundational work, Kansas and Missouri stakeholders finalized a framework to credential early care and education professionals through the Bi-State Early Childhood Director Credential. The Credential provides directors with a pathway to develop the knowledge, skills, and abilities they need to be successful in the early learning industry. The Credential will also provide a system to recognize and document these achievements.

The Credential is voluntary and exceeds what is required by state licensing regulations. Two levels of the Credential are offered: the Provisional Director Credential and the Director Credential. Both levels require that candidates demonstrate competency in the areas of early childhood education, child development, and leadership/management. Selected competencies for directors are identified from the Kansas and Missouri Core Competencies for Early Care and Education Professionals and provide the basis for the Credential’s criteria. Candidates must also demonstrate competency by documenting their education, experience and professional contributions.

The Credential is issued by the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KSAEYC). The Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential Application is available in the links below. Any applicant who receives the Kansas Director Credential has the opportunity to apply for a reciprocal Credential in Missouri. The credentialing agency for the Missouri Credential is AEYC-MO.

Director Credential Information and Application


Higher Education Programs that Offer Leadership/Management Coursework:







Cowley College
Janet Davidson







Allen Community College
Beth Toland
620.365.5116 ext. 304


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If you would like to request more information regarding the Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential, please complete and submit this form. One of our Accreditation or Director Credential mentors will get back to you as soon as possible.

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