Early Childhood Program Administration (ECP1)  Technical Certificate of Credit

Campus Locations: Vidalia, Swainsboro

The Early Childhood Program Administration Technical Certificate of Credit program is a sequence of three (3) courses designed to prepare students for a job as manager of a childcare learning center or a group day care center. The program emphasizes child growth and development and management and administration issues involved in managing a child care center. Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

The standard curriculum for the Early Childhood Administration Certificate program is designed for the semester system. The certificate generally takes one (1) semester to complete. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of nine (9) credit hours. 


  • Submit a completed application;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school/high school equivalent transcripts;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • Satisfy Placement Testing requirements.

Program Costs

Costs are estimates and are subject to change.

  • Tuition/Fees: $1,602
  • Books/Supplies: $445
Curriculum Outline (9 hours)
Occupational Courses (9 hours) 9
ECCE 1103

(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Introduces the student to the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of the young child (prenatal through 12 years of age). The course provides for competency development in observing, recording, and interpreting growth and development stages in the young child; advancing physical and intellectual competence; supporting social and emotional development; and examining relationships between child development and positive guidance. Topics include developmental characteristics, prenatal through age 12, developmental guidance applications, observing and recording techniques, ages and stages of development, and introduction to children with special needs.

ECCE 2320

(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Provides training in planning, implementation, and maintenance of an effective early childhood program and facility. Topics include: organization, mission, philosophy, goals of a program; types of programs; laws, rules, regulations, accreditation and program evaluation; needs assessment; administrative roles and board of directors; anti-bias program development; child development and developmentally appropriate practices; marketing, public and community relations, grouping, enrollment and retention; working with families; professionalism and work ethics; space management; money management; and program equipment, and supplies management.

ECCE 2322

(Prerequisites: Provisional admission) Provides training in personnel management. Topics include: staff records; communication; personnel policies; managing payroll, recruitment, interviewing, selection, hiring, motivating, and firing; staff retention; staff scheduling, staff development; staff supervision; conflict resolution; and staff evaluation; ethical responsibilities to employees; and time and stress management.


Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Vidalia Campus - Building A, Office 314/316


Early Childhood Care & Education Instructor
Swainsboro Campus - Building 2, Office 2125/2126

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