Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced Certificate, Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Director Level I Credential

(formerly Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced Certificate)


Curriculum Code: EDU.CCA.CERT (C520A)


(Total Program Credits: 26.5)


The Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced  Certificate is designed for students interested in  becoming a program director or currently serving as a program director and are seeking the Illinois Director Credential. This certificate will provide students with a foundation in the areas of educational programming, state health, safety and nutrition guidelines, program operations and facility management, establishing partnerships with families, marketing and public relations, human resource development, and legal and fiscal management.  Completion of this certificate with lead to a Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Director  Level I  Credential.  

Program Prerequisite: In order to be placed in this advanced pathway students must hold the minimum of an Associate's Degree.

Students that hold an Associate’s Degree or higher with a Level III, IV or VI ECE Gateways to Opportunity Credential are only required to take ECE 250◊ and ECE 253.

Field experiences/observation hours are a requirement for all ECE courses. Field experiences in this advanced certificate progress from basic observation to supervised implementation within an early childhood classroom setting.

All program courses may not transfer to four-year colleges and universities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced Certificate, Gateways to Opportunity Illinois Director Level I Credential, the graduate will be able to:

•   describe Developmentally Appropriate Practice in all aspects of curriculum and instruction;

•   apply State health and safety guidelines for early childhood program settings;

•   establish respectful and reciprocal relationship with children and their families;

•   exhibit professional practices that are aligned with NAEYC Professional Standards and Code of Ethical Conduct;

•   utilize appropriate methods to evaluate the efficacy of teaching staff; and

•   specify ways to support the professional development of teaching staff.

(Fall 2021)

Placement Measures

Program Map for Full-Time Students

Semester One: Fall

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development


ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education


ECE 146Child, Family & Community


ECE 153Guiding Children and Managing the Classroom


Total Credit Hours:9

Semester Two: Spring

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #


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


ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #


ECE 250Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs #


Total Credit Hours:12.5

Semester Three: Summer

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 253Practicum in Early Childhood Education Administration #


Total Credit Hours:5

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

See ECE course descriptions.

Chairperson: Ayelet Miller, Email: ayeletmiller@triton.edu, Ext. 3989