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.


At the successful completion of the Early Childhood Administration and Management Advanced Certificate, 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.

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

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 110Early Child Development

3 credits

ECE 111Introduction to Early Childhood Education

3 credits

HIA 115Food Sanitation & Safety

2 credits

HTH 281First Aid CPR AED

2 credits

Total Credit Hours:10

Semester Two

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 118Health, Nutrition & Safety #

3 credits

ECE 121Language Development & Activities #

3 credits

ECE 142Students With Disabilities in School #

3 credits

ECE 146Child, Family & Community

2 credits

ECE 250Administration & Supervision of Early Childhood Programs #

3 credits

Total Credit Hours:14

Semester Three

Course NumberTitleCredits
ECE 138Observation, 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.

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

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