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

EPS500AContemporary Survey of Child Development with a Focus on Early Childhood

ESR505Educational Inquiry and Assessment

FND503Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education

Program Requirements - 25 SH

ECE510Child, Family and Community

ECE512Early Childhood Curriculum

ECE515Financial and Legal Aspects of Early Child Care Management

ECE525Strategies for Supervision and Staff Development

ECE538The Early Childhood Administrator: Individual and Organizational Perspectives

ECE540Grant Writing and Fundraising for Early Childhood Programs

ECE542Public Relations and Marketing of Early Childhood Programs

ECE544Early Childhood Environments: Design and Facilities Management

ECE582GWorkshop/Administration/Writing and Editing for Effective Communication

ECE582IEarly Childhood Education/Workshop/Administration/Leadership Connections

EPS526Organizational Theory, Group Dynamics and Leadership Applications