Early Childhood Administration Certificate (C55850)

Program Description

This curriculum prepares individuals pursuing administrating roles in diverse child care settings to effectively work with children, families and teachers. The certificate is composed of learning opportunities in developmental theories, competency and evidence-based professional knowledge, administrative skills and leadership qualities.

Course work includes foundations in early childhood education, physical/nutritional needs of young children, safety issues in the care of young children; communication and leadership skills with teachers, families and children; programming and staffing, budgeting/financial management and marketing, and rules and regulations of early childhood programs.

Employment opportunities include entrepreneurship and/or management of child development and child care programs, preschools, public and private schools, recreational centers, Early Head Start and Head Start programs, and other programs.

Fall Semester 1

Course Class Hours Lab Hours Clinical Hours Credits
EDU 119 - Intro to Early Childhood Education 4.00 4.00
EDU 131 - Child, Family, and Community 3.00 3.00
EDU 153 - Health, Safety and Nutrition 3.00 3.00
EDU 261 - Early Childhood Administration I 3.00 3.00
EDU 262 - Early Childhood Administration II 3.00 3.00
Total: 16

Also typically offered in the spring semester

Upon completion of the EDU-119 course within the certificate shown above, students who have earned a C or better are eligible to apply for the North Carolina Early Childhood Credential (NCECC).

Upon completion of EDU 261 and EDU 262 and 7 semester hours of additional EDU coursework (and portfolio assignments if applicable) within the certificate shown above, students are eligible to apply for the North Carolina Administration Credential (NCAC).

Applications are available through the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. See your advisor for more details.