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Early Care and Education – Administration

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 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

Oct 18-Dec 18 Online

Oct 18-Dec 18 Combined Online

AC #2: Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs

Mar 15-May 15 Online

Mar 15-May 15 Combined Online

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

June 14-Aug 14 Online

June 14-Aug 14 Combined Online

AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment

June 7-Aug 7 Online

June 7-Aug 7 Combined Online

Oct 18-Dec 18 Online

Oct 18-Dec 18 Combined Online

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

Sept 7-Oct 30 Online

Sept 7-Oct 30 Combined Online

AC #6: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs – Capstone

Mar 8-May 8 Online

June 7-Aug 7 Online

Sept 13-Nov 13 Online