BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESCHOOL DIRECTORS
IN THE DIOCESE OF COLORADO SPRINGS
The Office of the Unified Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Colorado Springs shall provide assistance to parishes in the identification, selection, and training of qualified Preschool Directors so as to ensure the highest standard of performance in this position.
A Preschool Director hired for a Diocesan Catholic school shall:
- Be a practicing member in good standing with the Roman Catholic Church OR be a person of strong faith, actively engaged in a faith community.
- Meet Colorado State requirements for licensing and certification for Preschool Director.
- Meet Colorado Department of Human Service Early Childhood Director/Teacher Qualifications.
- Have an Early Childhood Education degree or Elementary Education, Special Education, Family and Child Development, or Child Psychology degree or be capable of meeting program administrator requirements for early childhood programs as defined by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) if the school maintains a NAEYC accreditation.
- Have knowledge of and ability to apply school administrative and management skills.
- Have a strong commitment to the importance of Catholic school ministry in the Church.
- Have competent computer skills.
In addition, the Preschool Director is expected to adhere to the minimum requirements for religious education certification.
Preschool Directors in the Diocese of Colorado Springs are expected to have, or complete the requirements for a Colorado Administrator License within the Department of Human Services specified timeline.
All Preschool Director applicants must be screened by the Office of Catholic Schools and approved prior to local interviews.
In employment practices, the Diocese of Colorado Springs Catholic school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, ancestry, age, unfavorable military discharge, marital status, or physical handicap when these are unrelated to the ability to perform the duties of the position. This policy is interpreted consistently with the religious mission and teaching of the Catholic Church.