Early Childhood Administration & Management Advanced Certificate

Curriculum EDU.CCA.CERT (C520A)

The Early Childhood director is responsible for the management of a licensed child care facility. A quality ECE director provides supervision and supports development of center staff. The director develops program goals and objectives to mirror the program philosophy, develops and maintains budgets, facilitates family involvement and coordinates relationships between home and school.

Students will be involved in opportunities to develop techniques in observation and assessment of children and staff, as well as evaluation and goal setting with staff. Curriculum development and implementation, as well as positive guidance techniques are incorporated in most classes. Emphasis is on quality programming reflecting DCFS licensing standards, NAEYC Accreditation, Early Childhood Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and Illinois Early Learning Standards.

Field experiences are requirements in all ECE classes, progressing from basic observations to a supervised observation/participation class, in program-approved and licensed early childhood programs. Experiences include working with children and families, curriculum, team-teaching responsibilities, classroom management and guidance techniques.

The program is open to students desiring to meet the Department of Children and Family Services requirements for a child care director.

Program prerequisites: A minimum of an associate degree of 60-65 college semester hours from an approved college or university and approval of the program coordinator.

The Triton College Early Childhood Administration certificate is pending entitlement approval leading to a level 4 Gateways ‘Illinois Director’s Credential’.

Last Update Effective: 8/25/13

Semester One

Credit Hours


ECE 110

Early Childhood Development



ECE 111

Introduction to Early Childhood Education



HIA 115

Food Sanitation and Safety



HTH 281

First Aid & CPR






Semester Two


ECE 118

Health, Nutrition and Safety



ECE 121

Language Development & Activities



ECE 142

Students with Disabilities in School



ECE 146

Child, Family & Community



ECE 250

Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs







Semester Three


ECE 138

Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children









Total credits required


Note: A minimum grade of "C" is a requirement for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

See ECE course descriptions.

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