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Early Childhood Management & Leadership (Certificate)

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Have you always dreamed of owning your own child care facility? Do you have the desire to ensure the children at your facility are provided with the most exceptional care and education? The Early Childhood Management Leadership Certificate will offer you the ability to further your career in that area.

The Early Childhood Management Leadership Certificate will provide students with education management and leadership courses as well as safety and community outreach classes, so they may successfully direct or own an early care and education program.

After graduating with this Early Childhood Management Leadership Certificate, recipients will be prepared to obtain the PA Director’s Credential if so desired, full description of the credential’s policies and procedures is available at http://www.pakeys.org/pages/get.aspx?page=Career_Degrees. All graduates will also be prepared to lead and manage Early Care and Education Programs.

Career Opportunities

Owner of Early Care and Education Program
Director of Early Care and Education Program (PA Director's Credential needed along with certificate)

Key Classes

Leadership in Early Childhood Programs/Inclusion
Child Care Administration II/Inclusion
Business Management in Early Childhood Programs

Online Certificate Option

Penn Highlands Online offers a flexible learning opportunity that can not only fit your mobile, on-the-go lifestyle, but can be completely personalized around your schedule. Through the College's Online Campus, you can complete a certificate in Early Childhood Management & Leadership. Please reference the following course progression chart for an idea of the coursework necessary to complete this program online.


Course Timeline: Early Childhood Management & Leadership Online Certificate

  Spring 1 Semester (January - May)
  ECD281 Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
ECE225 Health, Safety, Nutrition for the Young Child
  Summer 1
  ECD282 Child Care Administration II
ECD283 Business Management in Early Childhood Programs


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