Professional Certificate in Advanced Teaching and Administration in Early Child Care Settings

Professional Certificate in Advanced Teaching and Administration in Early Child Care Settings

Classroom Program


12-24 months


24 Units

UCR Extension

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.

Program Overview


21 Units


3 Units

“Being a student in this program has opened so many doors that allowed me to better myself and advance my education. Earning the certificate inspired me to continue to earn my B.S. degree in Child Development.”

Elena Del Pilar Flores

Special Education Teacher
San Bernardino, CA

Earning the Certificate

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

  • None

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Quarter 1

Seminar in Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Centers, Part A


4.5 units

An in-depth study of the role of the site administrator in private and public care programs. Topics include:

  • State licensing requirements
  • Leadership styles
  • Staff job descriptions and functions
  • The cost of providing services
  • Preparation of budgets
  • Recruitment and development of staff
  • Safety factors
  • Insurance equipment and supplies

Ways to market the program, and short-range and long-range fundraising activities are covered. Learning about principles necessary for launching an educationally and financially sound program.

Quarter 2

Seminar in Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Education Centers, Part B


4.5 units

The role of the site administrator in preschool daycare programs as licensed by the state of California. Examination of zoning, government and licensing requirements; working with a board of directors; and conducting meetings for staff/parents. Setting reasonable fees and budgets; establishing public relations–parent handbooks, brochures and forms.

Supervising Adults Within Early Childhood Educational Settings


3 units

Examination of the methods and principles for supervising student teachers, assistant teachers, parents and volunteers in early childhood/child development environments. Review of the supervisory process in mentor/student relationships and overview of differential needs of children, parents and other staff.

Quarter 3

Health, Nutrition and Safety in Early Childhood

EDUC X87.01

4.5 units

Training in pediatric first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and preventative health practices. Topics include: control of infectious diseases, including immunizations; training in childhood injury prevention; sanitary food handling; nutrition; emergency preparedness and evacuation.

Quarter 4

Observation and Assessment of Children's Behavior

EDUC X83.01

4.5 units

A holistic approach to understanding behavior of children from infancy through age eight involving the recording of observations of physical, emotional, social and cognitive behaviors. Examinations of adult-child and child-child relationships and their influence on shaping behavior.

Quarter 5
“Whatever your goal, completing a professional certificate program will give you confidence to reach for the top. Join thousands of UCR Extension students whose lives have been transformed by our programs.”

Dr. Sharon Duffy

UCR Extension Professional Studies

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