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February 7, 2012

Cowley College�s Early Childhood Education program receives directorship credential


Abigail StevensCowley College’s Child Care and Development program recently became the only college program in the state of Kansas to receive the Kansas Association for the Education of Young Children (KAEYC) Bi-State Early Childhood Director's Credential.

This is an Administrator Credential recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in the Alternative Pathways to achieve educational qualifications of the designated program administrator. The Credential consists of a 9 credit hour block including the Child Care Administration and Organization, Human Resource Management, and Business Mathematics classes and provides a pathway to develop the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to be successful in the early learning industry. The credential will provide a system to recognize and document these achievements. 

“I am thrilled to offer this excellent opportunity to our students,” Abigail Stevens, Cowley’s Child Care and Development Instructor said. “Our goal at Cowley is always to do the best for our students. With this in mind, the Child Care and Development program has undergone many positive changes in the past year and a half, including the addition of three new classes and redesigning the entire degree grid. We were also able to integrate two courses from the Business Department, with the help of Business Department Chair, Beverly Grunder. These changes are what made our application for the Bi-State Director’s Credential successful. I am thankful to work in such a collaborative environment where people across disciplines can work together for the benefit of our students.”

Cowley submitted an application for the Director Credential, which was then reviewed by the Kansas Early Childhood Director Credential Consortium which is composed of four members representing early care and education agencies and organizations in Kansas. Cowley’s Child Care and Development program had to demonstrate competency in the areas of early childhood education, child development, and leadership/management.

The KAEYC will promote Cowley College and Early Childhood professionals on its website at

If you are interested in a career in Early Childhood, please contact Abigail Stevens in the Social Science Department of Cowley College at 620.441.5202.