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Child Care Administration: Courses, Credential & Certificate

You, the administrator/director, are the key to quality in programs that allow children to thrive, so unlock your full potential today!

The Administrator Credential provides practical information on day-to-day operations and management skills that can immediately be put into practice. This program complements the Leadership Credential (focus on effective leadership skills and dispositions, new directions and visionary change) and the Program Development Credential (focus on program implementation in high quality learning environments). Together, these three credentials provide early care and education professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to develop and sustain excellent programs for young children.

Who should attend?

  • Early childhood administrators/directors
  • Teachers interested in becoming administrators/directors
  • Family providers
  • Individuals preparing to open an early childhood program


  • Take courses individually or as part of the credential/certificate
  • Courses are offered in blended and online formats
  • Available for undergraduate or graduate credit
  • Credits can be applied to specific UWM degree programs
  • Click on the “Course” tab below for full descriptions of each course

To register for these credit-based courses, contact Shari Vinluan directly at svinluan@uwm.edu.

Recognized by NAEYC

The Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators has been approved by NAEYC for Early Childhood Program Accreditation.

A New Approach

The Center will be offering Blended classes as part of the UWM Blended Life and Learning Initiative.

Combining the best of face-to-face and online, our Blended classes give you a convenient new approach to earning the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators and for meeting other accreditation criteria and licensing requirements.

For more information on how to earn your bachelor’s or master’s with UWM’s online and on-campus blended degree programs visit