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Tempo LearningTM Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership is a custom-paced, competency-based education program for working professionals, meaning that your progress is measured by the mastery or demonstration of skills, abilities, and knowledge in a particular area of study.

Each competency we include in your path to a certificate has been carefully designed by expert faculty with input from employers, with your education and future employment in mind.

Areas of Expertise and Competency Descriptions

The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Administration, Management, and Leadership program competencies are grouped within areas of expertise:

Perspectives on Diversity & Equity (EDUC 6164):

  • CR001 Culturally Responsive Practices: Recommend culturally responsive practices to promote supportive and respectful partnerships with families and positive outcomes for young children.
  • CR002 Impact of Bias and Discrimination on Children, Families, and Communities: Demonstrate an understanding of how bias and discrimination impact children, families, and communities.
  • CR003 Access, Equity, and Promoting Change: Apply strategies to promote access, equity, and positive social change for young children, families, and the early childhood field.

Effective Programs & Practices (EDUC 6161):

  • EP002 Plan Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Plan developmentally appropriate curriculum in alignment with professional standards.
  • EP004 Evaluating Program Quality: Apply professional standards, guidelines, and tools to evaluate the quality of early childhood programs and identify areas in need of improvement.
  • CC001 Engages Families and Communities: Use best practices to engage families and communities in early childhood programs.

Developing People & Leading Teams (EDUC 6166):

  • LD001 Ethical and Legal Considerations in Leadership: Apply ethical principles and legal requirements to managing and leading diverse individuals and teams.
  • LD002 Leading and Developing Teams: Plan strategies for managing, leading, and developing teams in early childhood contexts.
  • LD003 Organizational Culture: Analyze organizational culture in early childhood contexts and its impact on staff, children, and families.
  • LD004 Recruiting, Developing, and Retaining Staff: Apply best practices for the recruitment, professional development, performance evaluation, and retention of diverse staff in early childhood contexts.

Budgeting & Allocating Resources (EDUC 6167):

  • MP001 Creating Grant Proposals: Create grant proposals to secure funding for an early childhood program.
  • MP003 Allocating Resources to Effectively Manage Programs and Facilities: Use appropriate tools and strategies to budget for and allocate resources in support of early childhood programs and facilities.
  • MP004 Creating Budgets: Create balanced budgets for early childhood programs.

Planning & Managing EC Programs (EDUC 6168):

  • LD005 Effective Program Planning: Plan elements of effective early childhood programs including mission and vision statements, a family handbook, a plan for family and community involvement, and a design for the indoor and outdoor physical environment.
  • MP005 Regulations in Early Childhood Settings: Identify state and federal regulations that apply to various early childhood settings.
  • MP002 Marketing in Early Childhood Programs: Apply effective strategies to market early childhood programs.

By passing rigorous, real-world assessments, you’ll complete the program with the competencies you need to make an immediate impact on your career.