Child Care Administration: Courses, Credential & Certificate

As a Child Care administrator or director, you are the key to quality programs that allow children to thrive. Unlock your own 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-child-care and education professionals with the knowledge and skills 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 may 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 Liz Weber,

To find details on individual courses, click the course title below.

AC #1: Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood Programs

Course available Oct 7-Dec 7

Oct 11-Dec 7, 2019 Cancelled

Course available Jan 21-Mar 14, 2020

Jan 31-Mar 14, 2020

AC #2: Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs

Course available Mar 9-May 7, 2020

Mar 27 - May 7, 2020

AC #3: Financial Management & Planning in Early Childhood Programs

Course available Jan 21-Mar 14, 2020

Course available Jan 31-Mar 14, 2020

AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment

Course available Oct 14-Dec 14

Course available Oct 18-Dec 14, 2019

AC #5: Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early Childhood

Course available Jan 21-Mar 14, 2020

Courses available Jan 24-Mar 14, 2020

AC #6: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs – Capstone

Sept 16-Nov 23, 2019

Course available Mar. 9-May 16, 2020