Administration & Leadership in Early Childhood Education

Career Certificate
Cost
$6,940

Advanced skills for teaching youngsters

Level up your career with an administrative and leadership certificate in early childhood education (E.C.E.). The expertise you develop can help you meet requirements for the National Association for the Education of Young Children (N.A.E.Y.C.) program accreditation and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (I.D.C.F.S.) Director role.

Help your childcare facility run smoothly by strengthening your leadership skills. Whether you work in a public or private childcare center, your courses prepare you for responsibilities such as:

  • organizing and delegating tasks
  • educating parents
  • creating budgets
  • thinking critically and solving problems

What can you do with an Administration & Leadership Certificate in Early Childhood Education?

You witness the importance of play in the development of children on a regular basis. With a certificate in administration and leadership, you can do this as a director.

Learn the business and management skills needed to work in schools, children’s learning centers and more. Some students have even started their own childcare centers or become directors of existing childcare facilities.

Start a career right away in one of these roles:

  • childcare assistant director
  • childcare director
  • childcare owner

Admission: More needed

You must hold an Early Childhood Education Level 3 credential or higher to qualify for this program. If you do not already have the credential, you can get one with CLC’s program: Early Childhood Level 3 - Illinois Gateways to Opportunity certificate.

Highlights

  • Stackable Credentials

    Earn and learn as you go with stackable credentials.
  • 100% Online

    Can be completed 100% online.
  • Financial Aid/Scholarships Available

    Based on need and/or achievement. Explore ways to pay for college.
  • Career Certificate

    Earn a career certificate in 1 year or less to refine your skills into an in-demand career.
  • Program Length: 1.5 Years

    Full-time students can complete in 1.5 years.

Career Outlook

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Recommended Pathway

This pathway serves as a guide for students to complete the degree or certificate assuming full-time enrollment (registered in 12 or more credit hours per semester) with Semester 1 typically representing a Fall term. Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their College and Career Navigator (CCN) to identify coursework that will meet degree requirements based on individual academic goals. For a more inclusive list of course options, see the college catalog.

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  • Credit for prior learning available
  • Dual credit options available
  • Global citizenship
  • Online/Virtual options available
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    CLC 120 2
    ECE 121 3
    ECE 124 3
    ECE 141 3
    HCM 113 1
    BUS 121 3
    • Course Code CLC 120
      Course Title
      Credits 2
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 124
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 141
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code HCM 113
      Course Title
      Credits 1
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BUS 121
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ECE 223 3
    EDU 223 3
    CMM 127 3
    BUS 115 3
    • Course Code ECE 223
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code EDU 223
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CMM 127
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code BUS 115
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
  • Course Code Course Title Credits Course Highlights
    ECE 254 4
    ECE 270 3
    CMM 128 3
    ECE 299 1-5
    • Course Code ECE 254
      Course Title
      Credits 4
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 270
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code CMM 128
      Course Title
      Credits 3
      Course Highlights
    • Course Code ECE 299
      Course Title
      Credits 1-5
      Course Highlights

Total Credit Hours

38


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Early Childhood Education at CLC

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This certificate is just one possible way to study early childhood education. Get the bigger picture—degrees, credentials and extra options.

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