Courses (recommended in the following order; courses available for undergraduate and graduate credit)
Administration & Supervision in Early Childhood Programs
Examine the essential role of the administrator in creating quality programs for children and families. Identify stakeholder groups including staff, boards, parents and the community, and understand the importance of relationship building amongst them.
Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
Discuss principles, practices and systems involved in managing programs in the context of complex social and economic environments. Implement improvement strategies to upgrade your program’s standard operating procedures.
Financial Management & Planning in Early Childhood Programs
Develop the necessary skills to analyze the principles of sound financial management. Understand the critical relationship between financial management and program quality.
Early Childhood Programs & the External Environment
Explore external factors and relationships that impact program quality and ability to flourish. Understand how your program fits into the broader community it serves from local, state and national levels. Assess community needs, marketing principles, and regulations, accreditation standards, funding sources, advocacy and public policy.
Best Program Practices for Children & Families in Early Childhood
Learn to integrate child growth and development theories, explore current principles and practices, assure multi-cultural and anti-bias approaches to curriculum, understand effective use of space and materials, and strengthen partnerships with families and the community.
Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
Focus on the leadership role of the administrator, the process of change and organizational growth. Present a culminating portfolio and a project that integrates aspects of the first five courses. The sixth course is a capstone course and can only be taken after the first five have been successfully completed.