CUNY SPS, in partnership with the New York City Early Childhood Professional Development Institute (PDI), offers early childhood education administration courses, which can lead to the Children’s Program Administrator Credential (CPAC). Each of the 18 one-credit graduate-level courses addresses one of the 18 competency areas defined in the Children’s Program Administrator Credential of New York State. The CPAC is designed to provide for - and be recognized as - a standard by which to measure program management, fiscal management, and the leadership abilities of early childhood and school-age administrators. Obtaining the CPAC also serves as a measure of individual professional achievement.
Developed by The New York State Association for the Education of Young Children, the CPAC is a credential for current early childhood program directors who desire to be more effective leaders, or require course work to meet the accreditation standards, new directors who are interested in administrator certification, and the next generation of leaders who require preparation as administrators.
Applicants to the Children’s Program Administrator Credential program must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution to qualify for admission. A personal statement is also required. Current directors of early childhood education programs or those who aspire to leadership positions are encouraged to apply.