Executive Director Credential Course- Texas

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We are currently accepting registration for our 4-day, Executive Director Credential Course!

The Executive Director Credential (EDC) is a 40-hour course designed for directors or emerging leaders in early childhood education to obtain training within the child care administration competency areas. The EDC is recognized by the Health & Human Services Department, Division of Texas Child Care Licensing as a Texas Director Credential and will help you to meet the education requirement to become a licensed director in the state of Texas and receive your Texas Child-Care Centers Director's Certificate.

To qualify to attend, participants must provide a copy of a high school diploma or GED, have a current CPR & 1st Aid certificate or card, have a minimum of 2 years experience working in a licensed child care center and be at least 21 years old.

How does this 40 hour class work?

1. Step One- Enroll in course, download and submit application and gain approval. Make sure you include a copy of your high school diploma, college diploma or GED and your 1st aid and CPR card or certificate with your application.

2. Step Two- We will send you a welcome email and access to our private Facebook group. The welcome email will also include a link to a brief video tutorial on what to expect and how to navigate this online course.

3. Step Three- To take this class you will need access to the internet and you will also need to print or download a copy of the Texas Licensing Minimum Standards for Child Care Centers. You should also have a copy of your parent and staff handbook available if you are currently working at a center.

4. Step Four- Complete the modules! You will be able to watch our videos, webinars, and recorded content, take notes, and playback anything you need to view again. Some lessons will also include articles you can read, and tools and resources you can use to not only help you with this class but that you can keep and use at your school. The end of each module will have an ACTION item, this will be a short activity, journal topic, or post test. To get credit for this class, you must complete each activity. While we recommend that you complete this course over the 4 day period, since it is online, you will be able to work at your own pace. If you need longer to complete the modules, no worries, you will still have access to all materials.

5. Step Five- Once all modules are complete there will be a post test that covers all modules. This is an open notes test, you can use any of the notes, activities and the copy of minimum standards to complete the test.

6. Step Six- Once all of your work is graded (normally within 2-3 business days), we will email you a 40 hour training certificate as well as your Executive Director Credential. We will also mail you a hard copy of your Executive Director Credential.

7. Step Seven- You will turn in this credential to the state of Texas when applying to become a Director. We are on the list of approved credential programs, you can visit the DFPS site to see Seeds Training Group on this list.

8. Step 8- Every 2 years you will renew your credential with us, more information about this process is in our handbook that you will print and review once you are enrolled in this course.

Day 1: (online)- hours are flexible

  • Understanding the History of Early Childhood Education
    • To understand the history of the early childhood industry
    • To recognize how social, political, demographic and economic factors impact early care and education programs
    • To recognize the variety of early childhood education programs across the industry
    • To promote professionalism throughout the early care and education industry
    • To reflect on current and future career goals and aspirations using SMART goal techniques
  • Operating an Effective Organization
    • To develop a school mission statement
    • To understand how to define and articulate goals that will help your organization meet their goals
    • To demonstrate how to prioritize and techniques for effective time management
    • To discover the different types of legal business structures that organizations can adopt
    • To learn how to complete a needs assessment
    • To determine the market share and value of the organization in the community
    • To study and review the competition and determine what aspects differentiate your program
  • Developing & Implementing Health & Safety Systems
    • To develop systems to assist providers in operating their program
    • To develop systems to assist providers to comply with all local, state and federal rules and regulations
    • To review the variety of health and safety issues that may arise in a program and how to prevent health and safety issues
    • To develop and implement a healthy menu
    • To understand the importance of hand washing and developing a plan for illness prevention
    • To discuss the importance of physical health in early education programs
    • To learn positive guidance and discipline strategies and how they benefit children, families and caregivers
    • To recognize examples of disaster and emergency situations that may arise in the program
    • To review what components should be in an emergency plan
    Day 2: (online)- hours are flexible
  • Local, State and Federal Laws and Regulations
    • To review local, state and federal rules and regulations
    • To become familiar with the Texas Minimum Standards
    • To understand important legal information regarding child abuse and neglect, confidentiality, labor laws, environmental protections, contracts, equal opportunity employment and labor laws
    Recruitment, Retention & Evaluation of Staff
    • To create an effective employee handbook
    • To develop written job descriptions
    • To develop an employee training program
    • To develop an employee evaluation process
    • To understand the importance of staff meetings
    • To understand how to properly maintain staff records
    • To review ways to recruit quality staff members
    • To practice writing an employment ad for the program
    • To conduct high quality interviews for prospective employees
    • To develop retention and recognition programs to help reduce turnover and encourage professional growth and development
    • To identify conflict resolution techniques
  • Educational Programming & the Learning Environment
    • To review famous theorist in child development
    • To better understand how a child’s brain develops, especially during the first 5 years
    • To discuss the importance of physical, cognitive, and social and emotional health and development in young children
    • To identify expected behaviors for each age level and stage
    • To understand how to select curriculum, materials and equipment that is appropriate for each age group
    • To discuss the importance of room arrangement in a learning environment
    • To develop an age appropriate daily schedule and how to plan for transitions throughout the day
    • To be able to select assessment tools for the program
    • To review the variety of state and national accreditation programs
    • To demonstrate awareness of the importance of anti-bias and multi-cultural components in the classroom and curriculum
    • To understand an awareness when caring for children with special needs
    Day 3: ONLINE- Hours are Flexible
  • Marketing & Community Outreach
    • To recognize the components of effective internal and external marketing
    • To review the ways programs can advertise their services
    • To practice phone sales and understand phone conversion rates
    • To practice tours and understand tour conversion rates
    • To develop steps to obtain maximum enrollment
    • To decide what sets the program apart from others and how to focus on this during a phone inquiry and/or tour
    • To discover what parent involvement events and internal marketing activities programs can choose to offer
    • To know how to write and distribute a press release
    • To know how to manage a crisis, if it may involve the media
    • To discuss the role that social media may play in your program
    • To practice responding to negative and positive reviews on social media
    • To learn about email courtesy
  • Financial Development & Business Strategies
    • To understand the differences between fixed and variable monthly costs
    • To be able to read and write a budget for the program
    • To develop a budget that includes a break-even analysis
    • To understand how to project future revenue
    • To manage payroll and leave policies and procedures
    • To review staff scheduling procedures and write a staff daily schedule
    • To review and develop employee benefit packages
    • To understand how to build the rate for each age in your program
    • To be able to effectively purchase and replenish items for the program
    • To review other streams of revenue other than weekly/monthly tuition
    • Review the parts of a business plan
    • To practice a SWOT analysis to review what internal and external factors may influence the program
    • To mitigate potential risks in the program
    Day 4: ONLINE- Hours are Flexible
  • Principles of Leadership
    • To understand the variety of leadership styles and how they play a part in each program
    • To evaluate the program’s effectiveness
    • To develop improved parent communication techniques and discuss the variety of parent beliefs and parenting styles
    • To identify your personal management and leadership style
    • To understand how to better support parents
    • To be able to recognize the difference between a manager and a leader
    • To recognize how to develop more leaders from within your program
    • Identify data collection techniques and how to use them in your program
    Advocacy for Children, Families & Staff
    • To understand the legislative process, social issues and policies that impact young families, children and staff in your program
    • To evaluate the relationship of ethics in the organization
    • To be able to listen and understand parents and offer referral needs when necessary
    • To gain required skills for strong written and oral communication
    • To determine the importance of being involved in an early childhood organization

All our participants also have access to our private Director Mastermind Facebook Group where participants can ask questions, support each other and gain useful knowledge even after the course ends! We will also keep important content from the class housed on this site for your reference!

Once you enroll, please print immediately complete the application and class policies page and send it to us at [email protected]

Do you already have a Director's Credential and just need training hours? Everyone that attends will leave with a certificate for 40 hours of annual training so even if you're not looking to earn a credential, you can still join us!

Your Instructor

Seeds Training Group
Seeds Training Group

Seeds Training Group was developed in 2007 to meet the needs of child care providers in the state of Texas. All of our trainers have been in the field of early care and education for over 20 years, with combined experience of over 150 years! All of our trainers are registered with the Texas ECECDS system, as Professional Master Registered Trainers, many are registered trainers in other states as well. Seeds offers workshops, webinars, and online courses that are always relevant, meaningful, and fun! If you are looking for an online Director Credential Class in the state of Texas, Seeds is also on the list of recognized credential courses through the DFPS Division of Health and Human Services.

Course Curriculum

  Step One: Complete Application and Policies Page
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  Step Two: Watch Our Welcome Video and Take The Pre-Test (Non Graded)
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  Day 1: Competency 1: This History of Early Childhood Education
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  Day 1: Competency 1: The History of ECE and SMART Goal Planning
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  Day 1: Competency 2: Operating an Effective Organization
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  Day 1: Competency 2: Operating and Effective Organization: Time Management
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  Day 2: Competency 3: Developing and Implementing Health and Safety Systems
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  Day 2: Competency 4: Local, State, and Federal Laws and Regulations
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  Day 2: Competency 5: Recruitment, Retention and Evaluation of Staff
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  Day 3: Competency 6: Educational Programming and the Learning Environment
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  Day 3: Competency 7: Marketing and Community Outreach
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  Day 3: Competency 8: Financial Development & Business Strategies
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  Day 4: Competency 9: Principles of Leadership
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  Day 4: Competency 9: Principles of Leadership Overview: Love Your Leadership Role
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