Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced Certificate

Curriculum EDU.CCA.CERT (C520A)

The Early Childhood director is responsible for the management of a licensed child care facility. A quality ECE director provides supervision and supports development of center staff. The director develops program goals and objectives to mirror the program philosophy, develops and maintains budgets, facilitates family involvement and coordinates relationships between home and school.

Students will be involved in opportunities to develop techniques in observation and assessment of children and staff, as well as evaluation and goal setting with staff. Curriculum development and implementation, as well as positive guidance techniques are incorporated in most classes. Emphasis is on quality programming reflecting DCFS licensing standards, NAEYC Accreditation, Early Childhood Illinois Professional Teaching Standards and Illinois Early Learning Standards.

Field experiences are requirements in all ECE classes, progressing from basic observations to a supervised observation/participation class, in program-approved and licensed early childhood programs. Experiences include working with children and families, curriculum, team-teaching responsibilities, classroom management and guidance techniques.

The program is open to students desiring to meet the Department of Children and Family Services requirements for a child care director.

Program prerequisites: A minimum of an associate degree of 60-65 college semester hours from an approved college or university and approval of the program coordinator.

The Triton College Early Childhood Administration certificate is pending entitlement approval leading to a level 4 Gateways ‘Illinois Director’s Credential’.

Semester One

ECE 110Early Child Development

3 credits

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

HIA 115Food Sanitation & Safety

2 credits

HTH 281First Aid & CPR

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Semester Two

ECE 118 #Health, Nutrition & Safety

3 credits

ECE 121 #Language Development & Activities

3 credits

ECE 142 #Students With Disabilities in School

3 credits

ECE 146 #Child, Family & Community

2 credits

ECE 250 #Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Three

ECE 138 #Observation, Assessment, Curriculum and Guidance of Young Children

3.5 credits

Total Credit Hours:3.5

Total Credit Hours: 27.5

Note: A minimum grade of "C" is a requirement for each ECE course in all ECE programs.

See ECE course descriptions.

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