Early Childhood Administration Certificate (C55850)
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
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
|EDU 119 - Intro to Early Childhood Education
EDU 119 - Intro to Early Childhood Education
This course introduces the foundations of culturally responsive, equitable and inclusive
early childhood education, planning intentional developmentally appropriate experiences,
learning activities, and teaching strategies for indoor and outdoor environments for
all young children, guidance techniques, and professionalism. Topics include theoretical
foundations, national early learning standards, NC Foundations for Early Learning
and Development, state regulations, program types, career options, professionalism,
ethical conduct, quality inclusive environments, guidance techniques, and curriculum
responsive to the needs of each child/family. Upon completion, students should be
able to implement developmentally appropriate environments, guidance techniques, schedules,
and teaching strategies across developmental domains to support culturally, linguistically,
and ability diverse children and their families in inclusive settings, and design
a personal career/professional development plan.
|EDU 131 - Child, Family, and Community
EDU 131 - Child, Family, and Community
This course covers the development of partnerships among culturally, linguistically
and ability diverse families, children, schools and communities through the use of
evidence-based strategies. Emphasis is placed on developing skills and identifying
benefits for establishing and supporting respectful relationships between diverse
families, programs/schools, and community agencies/resources reflective of the NAEYC
Code of Ethical Conduct and the Code of Ethics for North Carolina Educators. Upon
completion, students should be able to identify appropriate relationship building
strategies between diverse families, children birth through adolescence, schools,
and communities and demonstrate a variety of communication skills including appropriate
use of technology to support every child.
|EDU 153 - Health, Safety and Nutrition
EDU 153 - Health, Safety and Nutrition
This course covers promoting and maintaining the health and well-being of every child.
Topics include health and nutritional guidelines, common childhood illnesses, maintaining
safe and healthy learning environments, health benefits of active play, recognition
and reporting of abuse/neglect, and state regulations. Upon completion, students should
be able to apply knowledge of NC Foundations for Early Learning and Development for
health, safety, nutritional needs and safe learning environments.
|EDU 261 - Early Childhood Administration I
EDU 261 - Early Childhood Administration I
This course introduces principles and practices essential to preparing and supporting
child care administrators. Topics include program philosophy, policies and procedures,
NC Child Care Law and Rules, business planning, personnel and fiscal management, and
NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Supplement for Early Childhood Program Administration.
Upon completion, students should be able to articulate a developmentally appropriate
program philosophy, locate current state licensing regulations, analyze a business
plan and examine comprehensive program policies and procedures.
|EDU 262 - Early Childhood Administration II
EDU 262 - Early Childhood Administration II
This course focuses on advocacy/leadership, public relations/community outreach and
program quality/evaluation for diverse early childhood programs. Topics include program
evaluation/accreditation, involvement in early childhood professional organizations,
leadership/mentoring, family, volunteer and community involvement and early childhood
advocacy. Upon completion, students should be able to define and evaluate all components
of early childhood programs, develop strategies for advocacy and integrate community
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.