Early Childhood Administration, M.Ed.

This online-only program is designed for current and aspiring leaders in the field of early childhood care and education. The curriculum provides students with a review and higher level understanding of child development, early childhood curriculum, discipline and guidance, family systems, assessment, social and cultural diversity and professional ethics. It also covers staff management and human relations, educational programming, legal and fiscal management, marketing and public relations, facilities management, technology and leadership and advocacy.

Students admitted into this program will have the opportunity to work toward attainment of the Illinois Director Credential (Level III Credential) while fulfilling the requirements for their graduate degree. Visit the Illinois Professional Development System for more details.

Concurrent work in an early childhood setting is strongly encouraged for all enrolled students.

Program Details:

  • Requires 34 SH for completion 

Required Courses

M.Ed. Core - 9 SH

EPS 500AContemporary Survey of Child Development with a Focus on Early Childhood


ESR 505Educational Inquiry and Assessment


FND 503Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education


Program Requirements - 25 SH

ECE 510Child, Family and Community


ECE 512Early Childhood Curriculum


ECE 515Financial and Legal Aspects of Early Child Care Management


ECE 525Strategies for Supervision and Staff Development

.5 TO 3

ECE 538The Early Childhood Administrator: Individual and Organizational Perspectives


ECE 540Grant Writing and Fundraising for Early Childhood Programs


ECE 542Public Relations and Marketing of Early Childhood Programs


ECE 544Early Childhood Environments: Design and Facilities Management


ECE 582GWorkshop/Administration/Writing and Editing for Effective Communication


ECE 582IWorkshop/Administration/Leadership Connections

2 TO 6

EPS 526Organizational Theory, Group Dynamics and Leadership Applications


Notes: ECE 525 and EPS 526 must be taken for 3 semester hours. ECE 582I must be taken for 2 semester hours.