Advance your career in early childhood education from classroom teacher to site administrator through our versatile program designed for working professionals. Use the tools you already have to foster a more comprehensive understanding of early child care, while learning to supervise, mentor and assess staff and communicate effectively with parents.

Developed around Community Care Licensing, Title 22 and California Department of Education, Title 5; this program was developed to help you learn how to employ best practices throughout your program to create a functional, safe and flourishing environment for children and their families. Advance your career to the next level; shape your leadership role, learn from experienced instructors and sharpen your expertise in the field of early child care.

Designed For

Individuals who have already completed the Professional Program in Teaching in Early Child Care Settings (or equivalent) and plan to become an early care administrator, apply for a Teacher, Master Teacher, Site Supervisor or Director Child Development Permit, and/or pursue a bachelor of arts degree or higher in Child Development.

What You'll Learn

  • Roles and responsibilities of the site administrator in both private and public early child care programs
  • Principles of launching an educationally and financially sound program
  • State licensing requirements
  • Methods for supervising student teachers, assistant teachers, parents, and volunteers in early child care settings
  • Adult-child and child-child relationships and their influence on shaping behavior
  • Health, nutrition and safety components of early care and education
  • Approaches to involving parents in the education of young children

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teaching and administrative positions are available in both private and public schools.

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • None

Professional Licensure and Certification

University of California programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student for California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the University of California and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The University of California has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether, if they complete a University of California program, they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

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