If you love working with children and you have no prior college background in Early Childhood Education, this 12-credit certificate at Dean College is just what you need to get started.

Program Overview

This Certificate in Administration of Early Child Education has been designed for students who are particularly interested in directing an early childhood education program. In addition to completing specific Early Childhood Education courses, students seeking Massachusetts Office for Child Care Services/Department of Early Education and Care Director Qualification must complete requisite field experience according to OCCS/DEEC regulation.

Certificate Program 

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Below you will find a table of course numbers, course names and the credits required to earn a certificate in Administration of Early Childhood Education. 

Courses Number  Course Name  Credit Required 
BUS 123 Foundations of Business  3
EDU 130 Classroom Behavior Management  3
EDU 116  Issues and Policies in Early Childhood Programs  3
EDU 271  Administration of Early Childhood Education Programs  3
  Total Credits  12

View the School of Continuing Studies Academic Catalog for more program information and requirements. 

Curriculum Overview

Students take courses covering the forms of business ownership, organizational structure, management styles and labor relations. Additional courses will immerse students in the history, philosophy and influences of Early Childhood Education on current classroom practices and aid in the development of organizational, critical thinking and study skills that can remain useful for life.

The Administration of Early Childhood Education certificate program is designed to provide a solid foundation in core subjects such as:

  • Foundations of Business
  • Classroom Behavior Management 
  • Issues and Policies in Early Childhood Programs
  • Administration of Early Childhood Programs

Skills Acquired

By completing the Administration of Early Childhood Education certificate program at Dean, students have the opportunity to serve in managerial positions within early education programs. Early Childhood Education graduates can go on to enjoy careers as daycare providers and directors, educational administrators, social services professionals and more.  

Uniquely Dean 

  • A broad business foundation for a well-rounded and multi-faceted education.
  • A holistic approach that utilizes case studies, traditional and real-world learning to keep up with trends and remain current with the today’s fast-moving world. 
  • The opportunity to interact with business leaders through cutting-edge partnerships through in-class and out of class experiences second to none.