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Early Childhood: Child Care Administration - Certificate

The Early Childhood Education Administrator Credential supports the development of skills and competencies needed by administrators and directors to be successful. You will receive an overview of the roles and responsibilities of administrators in early childhood programs and will learn about budgeting, fiscal management, marketing, licensing, and accreditation, as well as operations and facility management. The Administrator Credential is a six-course, 18-credit sequence, courses can be taken in any order and concurrently, as long as 10-307-186 ECE: Child Care-Administrator is taken last. Completion of all six courses will prepare learners to receive Wisconsin Registry’s Child Care Administration Credential, along with meeting the requirement from The Department of Children and Families for directors of group childcare programs licensed for 51 or more children, without an education degree.

Program Code: 903071
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Requirements for Certificate Entry

  • The certificate is designed for administrators of child care programs including program directors and program administrators as identified in State licensing rules.
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What are my courses?


Students following the study plan below will complete the certificate in the number of semesters shown.

Total Credits 18
  • Curriculum Note: Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood: Child Care Administration Certificate.

Certificate Outcomes

  • Establish program policies.
  • Prepare a financial plan.
  • Examine legal issues.
  • Implement a teaching and learning system.
  • Utilize the community system to address needs of parents, staff and children.
  • Advocate for child care funding.

What else do I need to know about the program?

Industry Credentials

Commission with the Wisconsin Registry to earn the 18-credit Administration Credential. This credential meets the DCF requirements for directors of group childcare programs licensed for 51 or more children, without an education degree

Successful graduates of this certificate will be eligible to apply for Wisconsin Registry Career Level 10.


Classes wherever you have an internet connection. 

  • An in-person career experience, such as an internship, practicum, or credit for prior learning, may be required.
  • Some online courses may be held at specific dates/times.
Classes between the hours of 6:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Classes between the hours of 5:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
A combination of online classes and Saturday and/or Sunday classes.
12 or more credits per term.
Fewer than 12 credits per term.