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Center Director

New Educational Requirements

Center Directors are required to have a bachelor’s degree (BA) in early childhood education (including early childhood development, early childhood education, elementary education, or early special education) or a bachelor’s degree in any subject area with at least 15 semester credit hours in early childhood education by December 2022.

See the bottom of this page for a planning guide template to help plan your pathway. More information on the regulations that outline the new educational requirement for center directors can be found here.


The following is a list of programs and resources available in the DC metropolitan area. This list is neither exhaustive nor an indication of endorsement by OSSE.


Information on BA in EC

Program Point of Contact

Catholic University Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood (pre-K through grade 3)

Dr. Kathryn Bojczyk
[email protected]

Carole Brown, EdD, Coordinator
[email protected]

University of District of Columbia (UDC) Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood (pre-K through grade 3)
Dr. Delia Robinson-Richards
Program Coordinator
(202) 274-5875
[email protected]
Gallaudet University Bachelor of Arts in Education with Specialization in Early Childhood Education
Thangi Appanah, Department of Education Undergraduate
Program Director
[email protected]
Trinity University Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood (pre-K through grade 3)

Dr. Karen Santos Rogers, Associate Dean of Education
(202) 884-9388
[email protected]

Resources Available


Program Information

Program Point of Contact

Higher Education Incentive Fund Students that have applied to the University of DC or Trinity University can receive a full scholarship towards their degree by contacting the university directly.

UDC: Beverly Bennett-Roberts
[email protected]
(202) 274-6970

Trinity: Dr. Marie Celeste
[email protected]
(202) 884-9285

DC Tuition Assistance Grant (DCTAG) DCTAG provides up to $2,500 per academic year toward tuition at private colleges in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
(202) 727-2824
DC Mayor’s Scholars Undergraduate Program Mayor’s Scholars provides need-based funding for eligible DC residents earning their first associate’s or bachelor’s degree. Janae Eason
[email protected]
(202) 481-3481

Planning Guides

The following resource guides can help you create a plan for meeting the new educational requirements for child development staff.