Early Childhood: Administration Certificate

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Program Information

This certificate program is designed for working professionals with a degree to courses providing the foundation for operating a child care business. Students will study leadership and management skills necessary to successfully administer an early childhood program.

In this program, you will study methods in enrollment, budgeting, legal issues, supervision, and communication skills in working with families, staff, community, and related professionals in an early childcare setting.

Job Outlook

1,473 Jobs (2020)

+12.2% Change from 2020-2025

Data is from the Omaha Metropolitans Area, and the seven counties in Southwest Iowa that Iowa Western serves

What will you do

This program is designed for people who are currently working in the field but need need additional education in order to pursue a management position or administrative career. This program will provide students with the leadership and management skills necessary to successfully administer an early childhood care program. Upon completion of this one-semester program, you will be prepared for a career as a child care center director. Students who do not already have a degree should consider enrolling in one of Iowa Western’s Early Childhood degree programs.


  • Entry: $14.04
  • Average: $20.78
  • Experienced: $36.13

Career Examples

  • Teacher Assistants
  • Child Care Teachers
  • Lead Teachers
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teachers
  • Educators
  • Preschool Teachers
  • Toddler Teachers
  • Child Care Assistants

First Semester

ECE 268 - Early Childhood Field Experience 4.0 Credit(s)
ECE 290 - Early Childhood Program Administration 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 130 - Principles of Supervision 3.0 Credit(s)
ACC 111 - Introduction to Accounting 3.0 Credit(s)
MGT 175 - Introduction to Law for Managers and Supervisors 3.0 Credit(s)
BUS 130 - Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3.0 Credit(s)

Semester Total: 19.0 Credits

Total Semester Hours Required: 19.0


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Program Outcomes

Upon the successful completion of the program students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the early childhood profession.
  • Demonstrate and understanding of the skills needed for the administration of an early childhood program.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental business and legal principles which impact the administration of an early childhood program.

Program Disclaimers

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