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Child Care Administration: Courses, Credential & Certificate


Ideal for managers and leaders of today's child care programs interested in earning the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators. It is recommended that the programs be taken in the following 1-6 order.

Earn the certificate by completing all six administrator credential courses within three years (T.E.A.C.H. scholarship recipients within two years).

PLEASE NOTE: many of the programs below include more than one option for a start date. Be sure to click the SHOW button next to the class title to see all available offerings.

To take these courses for UNIVERSITY CREDIT, please call Miriam Malone directly at 414-227-3133.


The credential program for child care administrators offers an 18-credit sequence of six courses leading to the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators. The six seminar-type courses offer up-to-date information on child care administration. The courses feature active involvement through presentations, discussions, information sharing, individual projects and group activities.

The Registry, Wisconsin's Professional Recognition System, awards the credential.

The credential program courses are offered in a variety of formats designed to meet the needs of busy child care professionals and are offered in convenient and easily accessible locations or online.

Certificate in Child Care Administration

The certificate in child care administration is earned alongside the administrator credential. Successful completion of our 18-credit sequence of six courses gives you the ability to earn both the certificate in child care administration, which is awarded by the Center, and the Wisconsin Professional Credential for Child Care Administrators, which is awarded by The Registry, Wisconsin's professional recognition system. Note: You must complete all six administrator credential courses through the Center in order to qualify for the certificate in child care.

The goal of both the certificate and credential programs is to improve the quality of early care and education programs by offering:

  • Up-to-date information on child care administration and organizational management
  • Practical information that administrators can put to use in their child care program right away
  • Current concepts and "best practices" in administration, management
    and leadership
  • Activities and experiences that improve the knowledge base, skills and
    competencies of administrators, family child care providers and teachers
  • A community of learners that exchanges ideas and shares resources while building a professional network of support
  • Face-to-face, blended and online formats, whichever is more suited to your needs, interests and learning styles
  • Courses that can be taken for either undergraduate or graduate credit

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

Mon., Mar. 2-Sun., May 3 (No class week of 3/16) Available Online

  Dates To Be Announced  
AC #1: Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
AC #2: Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
AC #3: Financial Management & Planning in Early Childhood Programs
AC #4: Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment
AC #6: Leadership in Early Childhood Programs - Capstone


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 Intitative.

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

UWM Early Childhood Winter/Spring 2015 Catalog

Download the PDF

Administrator Credential Brochure

Spring 2015 Early Childhood Administrator Brochure

Or download the pdf