Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate (ECP1)

The purpose of the Early Childhood Program Administration technical certificate of credit program is to provide the necessary skills to administer and manage a childcare business anywhere in Georgia and to provide a career path for people working in the field who wish to move into administration. This certificate satisfies the mandated 40-hour director training required by DECAL.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Program Administration certificate are prepared to become qualified owners and directors of child care centers as well as find employment in child care centers, family child care homes, group child care homes, Head Start programs, preschool programs, and before and after school programs for entry level employment as Early Childhood Program Administration in child care centers, group child care, and preschool programs.

Admissions Criteria

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Meet the following assessment requirements:
Test Reading Writing Numerical Algebra
Accuplacer 36 30 23 NA
Accuplacer (Next Gen) 218 222 223 NA
Compass 70 32 26 NA
SAT 16 15 18 NA
SAT 270 280 310 NA
ACT 14 13 14 NA
ASSET 37 38 32 NA
PSAT 16 15 18 NA
GED NA 145 145 NA
TABE 461 NA 442 NA

Early Childhood Program Administration Certificate Curriculum

The curriculum for the Early Childhood Program Administration program is designed for the semester system. A student may enter the program any semester. To graduate, certificate-seeking students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours. The program requires a minimum of 135 contact hours and generally takes 1 semester to complete.

Program Courses

Occupational Courses (9 Credits)

ECCE 1103Child Growth and Development


ECCE 2320Program Administration & Facility Management


ECCE 2322Personnel Management


ECCE 1103: “C” or higher grade is required for this course.

Program Costs

Tuition ($100 per credit hour): $900

Fees ($385 per semester): $385

Books/Supplies: $216 for the 1-year access – plus the cost of core textbooks

(Costs are estimates and are subject to change.)