Administration Management and Leadership

Gain the skills you need to start or manage a child care center or development program. Earning your M.S. in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Administration, Management, and Leadership can give you the knowledge and skills you need to create child-centered programs that promote positive learning experiences for all children. Discover how to plan and manage budgets, as well as recruit, evaluate , and motivate qualified staff. Ensure child safety through regulatory compliance and explore ways to market your program in your community.

Courses in the Administration, Management, and Leadership specialization prepare you to:

  • Lead a curriculum and programmatic content that encourage learning for all children.
  • Recruit, select, hire, and evaluate staff members.
  • Manage finances and operational budgets.
  • Ensure the center’s compliance with health, safety, and other state codes.
  • Communicate effectively with parents, family, and the larger community about the center and its programs.

Pursue a variety of professional roles in child care administration and management, including:

  • Child care administrator
  • Assistant director
  • Director of a child care center or program
  • Owner of a child care center
  • Preschool director
  • Program administrator for early childhood programs

Completion Requirements

  • 33 total semester credits
    • Core courses (21 sem. cr.)
    • Specialization courses (9 sem. cr.)
    • Capstone Seminar (Capstone (3 sem. cr.)

This sequence represents the minimum time to completion. Time to completion will vary by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 1-866-492-5336.

Core Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6005 Course Foundations: Early Childhood Studies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6160 Course Early Childhood Development Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6161 Course Effective Programs and Practices Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6162 Course Issues and Trends in the Early Childhood Field Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6163 Course Building Research Competencies Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6164 Course Perspectives on Diversity and Equity Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6165 Course Communicating and Collaborating in the Early Childhood Field Credits (3 sem. cr.)

Specialization Courses

Course Code Course Credits
Course Code EDUC 6166 Course Developing People and Leading Teams Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6167 Course Budgeting and Allocating Resources Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6168 Course Planning and Managing Early Childhood Programs Credits (3 sem. cr.)
Course Code EDUC 6990 Course Capstone: Practical Application in the Early Childhood Field Credits (3 sem. cr.)
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