Early Childhood Director Credential
Course Info & Schedule
The 9-credit program is offered completely online allowing for flexibility and convenience in completing coursework. Each course is 3 credits and delivered in an online format. Each course is limited to 25 students. The six courses will be offered throughout the calendar year enabling students to easily complete the three of six courses within six months to one year. To be eligible for the PA Directors Credential, students must successfully complete the required business course (ECH 564) and at least two additional courses from this set of six. Candidates must have previously completed a bachelor’s degree.
Course Descriptions (3 credits each)
ECH 564 The Business of Child Care
Designed specifically for directors of child care centers seeking a director credential from the Pennsylvania Keys to Professional Development with the Office of Child Development and Early Learning. Students will critically reflect on current business practices. Topics will include strategic planning, fiscal management, risk management, policy development, communication and conflict resolution, and grant writing.
ECH 563 Leadership in Early Childhood Education
Designed to prepare personnel to function in the role of administrator of early childhood programs. Examines types of early childhood programs and their underlying rationales, ways of establishing early childhood programs, methods of funding and financing programs, and considers the coordinating role of the administrator in working with other personnel.
TCH 575 Advanced Child Development
Stresses the results of scientific studies which are used to examine cognitive, physical, and social processes in child development from birth to pre-adolescence with an emphasis placed on the early years. Influence of child’s environment, home, and school are explored.
ECH 540 Families and Early Childhood Education
Examines theory and research from the area of teh family studies. Emphasis is on characteristics of families with young children and how early childhood practitioners can best apply this information in their work settings. Field assignments required.
ECH 565 Health and Safety Practices in Early Childhood
Stresses assessment of national health and safety standards for early childhood programs, as well as the development and evaluation of educational programs designed to improve the health and safety outcomes of young children and their families. Students will learn best practices in measuring program outcomes as a critical part of overall program evaluation. While the focus is on health and safety, skills learned in developing a program outcome model will be directly applicable to overall program development and evaluation as funders are increasingly requesting outcome measurement as part of grant application.
ECH 577 Early Childhood Curriculum and Assessment
Investigates contemporary curricular issues, model programs, and appropriate forms of assessment of young children. Curriculum, teaching strategies, and program organization and evaluation decisions are analyzed from the viewpoints of current theory and research.