Early Childhood Education Administration

Learn the skills needed to take on an administrative or site supervisory role in programs for children from birth to age five in this online program.

This program is perfect for...

  • Students preparing for an administrative or site supervisory role in programs for children age birth to five
  • Individuals seeking to be highly respected, creative and dynamic ECE leaders
  • Educators looking to meet the academic requirements for California Title 5 and Title 22 regulations and California Child Development Administrative Permits
  • Individuals who want to start a child care center or advance to a director position

What you can learn.

  • Discover ways to create an optimal learning environment in which children, parents and teachers function as a team in the educational process
  • Explore the logistical and philosophical details of planning, implementation and appropriate care and education at childcare centers
  • Learn licensing, permits and regulations for the state of California
  • Learn to organize staff for effective communication and interpersonal relationships
  • Discover criteria for selecting and evaluating personnel

What our students say.

Before starting the program, I was not very confident that I could take this leap in my career. However, after completing two of the four core classes, I know I made a great decision. I gained knowledge and more importantly, confidence. The instructors have been generous and available when I needed help or had questions.

Marissa Stone
Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate Student
Marissa Stone


Click below to view the required and elective courses, if applicable, for this program.

Required Courses

Students must complete 4 required courses and 1 elective course. 

EDUC X 321.2
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 321.21
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
EDUC X 321.23
Typically Offered: Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer
Students must complete 4 required courses and 1 elective course. Recommended electives are EDUC X 440.2 ECE Educator Liability Fundamentals and EDUC X 321.59 Health, Nutrition and Safety in Early Childhood. 
EDUC X 321.59
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
EDUC X 321.6
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
EDUC X 312.11
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
EDUC X 312.42
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
EDUC X 321.25
Typically Offered: Fall
EDUC X 321.31
Typically Offered: Spring
EDUC X 321.44
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
EDUC X 321.71
Typically Offered: Winter, Summer
EDUC X 321.74
Typically Offered: Fall, Spring
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What is the Early Childhood Education Administration Certificate? 

The Early Childhood Education (ECE) Administration Certificate is designed for the individual seeking employment as a Site Supervisor, Director or Administrator of a preschool or childcare center.

The ECE Administration Certificate meets the preparation coursework requirements for the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) Site Supervisor and Program Director Child Development Permits and the specialization and supervision courses for the Master Teacher Permit. 

What are the requirements to apply?

Professional-level English language proficiency is required in the following areas: listening and note-taking; reading comprehension and vocabulary; written expression and oral presentation. English proficiency is not required for the courses offered in Spanish. 

What requirements do I need to fulfill the ECE Administration Certificate?

The ECE Administration Certificate program consists of four mandatory core courses and one elective course (total of 15 quarter units, or 10 semester units). The recommended elective course for the ECE Administration program is EDUC X 440.2 ECE Educator Liability Fundamentals: How to Protect Children and Safeguard Your Career. However, completion of another offered elective course will also count towards certificate completion requirements. A grade of C or better must be earned in all courses for a candidate to receive the certificate. Electives taken for another certificate may not be used for a second certificate. 

Once I receive my Early Childhood Education Certificate, am I qualified to be a master teacher, administrator, site supervisor or director of any Early Childhood School in California?

The 36 quarter units earned in the ECE Associate Teacher Certificate combined with the Lead Teacher Advanced Courses Certificate meet the ECE subject-matter course requirements outlined by the California Commission on Teaching Credentials (CCTC) for the Child Development Teaching Permits and Title 22 (private facility) and Title 5 Child Development Permits (public facility) licensing requirements. Please visit the CCTC web site for information regarding permit requirements www.ctc.ca.gov

What are the requirements to teach in Transitional Kindergarten (TK)?

Multiple Subjects' Credential holders with 24 semester/36 quarter units in Early Childhood Education (ECE) are qualified to teach in Transitional Kindergarten (TK).

Early Childhood Education (ECE) teachers with a teacher-level permit and a baccalaureate are allowed to teach in TK under an emergency waiver for one year. They can continue teaching in TK after that if they are enrolled in a credential program, either Pk-3rd or Multiple Subjects. If they enroll in a Multiple Subjects' credential, they must earn 24 semester units of ECE. Both our ECE Associate Teacher Certificate and our Lead Teacher Advance Courses Certificate combined offer the required 24 semester units (36 quarter units).

Can I transfer units from another institution to UCLA Extension's Certificate Program?

You can transfer up to 6 quarter units or 4 semester units from another institution only if the academic units were completed from an accredited school with a grade of B or better. In addition, courses must have been been completed within the past five years be approved as comparable to courses offered by UCLA Extension. 

If you have taken courses which you think might be applicable to our program at other institutions please contact us for more information. 

Can I transfer UCLA Extension's units to other institutions? 

UCLA Extension academic credit is accepted at most colleges and universities.

Each institution of higher education has its own policies for transferring credits, specifically around how many credits they will accept and whether they are accepted as core or elective courses. It is up to the institution where you are planning to transfer your completed courses to determine acceptability of your units. Education courses classified under course numbers X 100 to X 299 are undergaduate credits and numbers X 300 to X 399 are post-graduate, professional credit-bearing courses in the field of education. 

How do I obtain a CCTC Child Development permit?

You must apply directly to the CCTC for a Child Development Permit. For further information on the application process and requirements for the various Child Development Permits, contact the CCTC toll-free at (888) 921-2682 or visit the CCTC website at www.ctc.ca.gov

Does UCLA Education Extension provide a job placement or career counseling service for its Certificate holders?

UCLA Extension has a Career Services office for job search support and career counseling. Students are encouraged to seek out organizations that provide job listings, such as The California ECE Registry and the California Association for the Education of Young Children (CAAEYC).  

Estimated Cost Breakdown

All courses in this program are paid for individually, unless otherwise noted. An application form is required to establish candidacy in this program. From the 'Apply Now' button, complete the online application and pay the application fee if applicable.

Application & Candidacy Fee


Estimated Program Tuition


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*The Application & Candidacy Fee establishes your candidacy in the program for a period of time covering normal progress toward completion and may allow you to access a variety of program benefits.

**Federal Financial Aid Gainful Employment Disclosures

The U.S. Department of Education requires colleges and universities to disclose certain information for any financial aid eligible program that, “prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation”. This information includes program costs; occupations that the program prepares students to enter; occupational profiles; on time completion rate; and for the most recent award year: the number of students who have completed the program, the number of students who complete the program within the estimated duration, the job placement rate, and the median Title IV and private loan debt incurred by those who complete the program. For gainful employment information for this program, visit our Financial Aid page.

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