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Early Childhood: Child Care Administration - Certificate

The Early Childhood: Child Care Administration Certificate prepares participants with administrative and supervision skills needed by early child care administrators: roles and responsibilities, financial management and planning, operations management, external factors affection operation, and best practices for children and families in early childhood programs. Courses can be taken in any order and concurrently, as long as ECE: Child Care-Administrator (10-307-186) is taken last. Completion of all six courses will prepare learners to receive The Wisconsin Child Care Administration Credential from The Registry-Wisconsin’s Recognition System for the Childhood Care and Education Profession.

Program Code: 903071
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Program Costs & Financial Aid

Tuition: $2,831, Books: $188, Supplies: $0

Total Approximate Costs

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Estimates based on in-state residency. Learn more about tuition and fees.

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Offered At:


  • Day
  • Evening
  • Full-time
  • Online
  • Part-time

How do I get started in this program?

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 "C" or higher in all 10-307-XXX courses to successfully graduate the Early Childhood: Child Care Administration Certificate. If the course is sequential, the successful retake must occur before continuing the sequence.

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


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.