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Early Care and Education – Administration Certificate

Administrators and directors are key professionals to build and manage thriving programs. The Early Care and Education – Administration Certificate develops practical skills with an emphasis on day-to-day operations and management. It provides an in-depth approach to various aspects of your program’s business practices including hiring staff, implementing effective systems, marketing, and budgeting for quality and sustainability while integrating best practices for working with children and families. Primarily directed toward early childhood administrators/directors, teachers, family providers and individuals preparing to open an early care and education program, our certificate courses build skills that are immediately applicable in early childhood settings. This certificate complements both the Early Care and Education – Leadership and Programming Certificates.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the principles of administration and supervision as it relates to program mission
  • Comprehend and apply organizational frameworks, practices and systems
  • Describe the relationship between sound financial management and quality program planning
  • Examine the effect of community contexts and external factors on business goals
  • Integrate theory with early childhood best practices for children and families
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive project exemplifying organizational growth and quality improvement


To register for certificate courses contact:
Shari Vinluan, Program Manager at (414) 227-3223 or


To get started, enroll in any one of the first 5 courses listed. We recommend you begin with the Administration and Supervision course or the Operations Management course. Earn your certificate by completing 5 courses plus a capstone course.

COURSESUWM Campus Prefix/Course NumberSummerFallSpring
AC #1: Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood ProgramsFall
AC #2: Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
AC #3: Financial Management & Planning in Early Childhood ProgramsAD LDSP 583
AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External EnvironmentED POL 584Fall
AC #5: Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early ChildhoodCURRINS 585Fall
AC #6: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs - CapstoneAD LDSP 586Fall

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