Early Childhood Administration

This Early Childhood Administration certification is for those already working in the field of early care and education and school-age care. Qualified candidates include:

  • Current administrators and early childhood directors who are working or aspire to work in an administrative capacity in early childhood settings.
  • Professionals with an A.S. Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Professionals with a degree in an ECE related field with 12 credits in Early Childhood Education to meet the initial level of the Connecticut Director’s Credential, which is granted byCharter Oak State College.

Required coursework includes fifteen credits (five courses) in administrative coursework related to working in the early childhood field in a managerial capacity.

Early Childhood Administration certificate brochure 




Number Title Credits
+ECE* 206 Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 3
+ECE* 212 Administrative Leadership in Early Childhood Programs 3
+ECE* 275 Child, Family, and School Relationships 3
ACC* 100 Basic Accounting 3
ACC* 103 Bookkeeping  
+BMG* 220 Human Resources Management 3
The BMG requirement will be waived for students who already have an A.S. Degree in Early Childhood or a B.S. in a related field.
Total Credits Required: 15

+ Prerequisite required


The Early Childhood Administration Certificate will acknowledge that professionals working in the field of early care and education and school age care have knowledge and competencies related to leading child care programs. This certificate consists of five courses (15 credits) and is designed to give the students administration course work for the Connecticut Director’s Credential (CDC) issues by Charter Oak State College. In addition, students are required to have an A.S. degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field with 12 credits in Early Childhood Education to meet the initial level of the CDC Credential. The certificate will further develop and strengthen the skills and competencies already possessed by early childhood education program directors/administrators and also to prepare students who like to advance into an administrative level in the career of early care and education.

Employment Information:

Students who earn the Early Childhood Administration Certificate are qualified to work as Directors and Administrators in liscenced child care facility in both Connecticut and Massachusetts.

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This short-term Certificate can be earned to gain employment while continuing to work toward an AS degree.

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Carol LaLiberte