May 18, 2021
This Certificate is designed to provide students with leadership and management skills needed to work successfully with diverse individuals in early childhood settings. Option classes allow students to tailor the certificate to their work demands or goals. Students may take certificate courses as part of the Early Childhood AAS.
Current health and immunization records are required for each student. In addition, DHS criminal history record checks and fingerprinting will be required. Criminal convictions or documented history of abuse will prevent students from participating in lab and field experiences. Students unable to complete these classes will not receive a degree in Early Childhood Education.
For more information about the Early Childhood Program Administration certificate, please visit our website at go.dmacc.edu/programs/earlychildhood/Pages/welcome.aspx.
Locations: Ankeny, Urban
Students may start any semester.
Program Entry Requirement
- Complete an application for admission.
- Satisfy the assessment requirement.
- Attend any required information/registration session.
Students must complete all coursework as prescribed, maintain a 2.0 grade point average.
Option 1 - Select 1 Course
Option 2 - Select 1 Course
Option 3 - Select 1 Course
Option 4 - Select 1 Course
Total Credits Required to Complete this Certificate - 16
Tuition……………………………………………………………………………………..$143.00 per credit
The costs for each program are estimates and subject to change.
Approximate total for the program: $3,463*
*Program entry requirements are not included in the total approximate costs.
What Kind of Work Will You Do?
- Communicate with families.
- Support staff members in their work with children and families.
- Billing and record-keeping.
- Meet with community members.
- Develop and implement program policies and procedures.
- Hire and monitor staff.
- Advocate for children, families and your program
- Participate in care for children.
- Refer families to community resources.
What Skills and Abilities Will You Need?
- Demonstrate responsibility, dependability and punctuality.
- Make quick decisions and stay calm.
- Use good written and oral communication skills.
- Develop and maintain accurate records.
- Demonstrate leadership skills
- Be physically able to perform required care of children.
- Demonstrate skill in guiding children.
- Establish relationships with children and their families.
- Explain the needs of children and their families to stakeholders.
- Maintain emotional stability and psychological health to work with children, families, clients, colleagues and college personnel.
- Demonstrate professional dispositions such as honesty, integrity, caring and empathy.
- Practice professional behavior, ethical conduct and confidentiality.
What Else Should I Consider about this Specialist Certificate?
- Classes are available during daytime and evening hours. Some courses are available online.
- Students may take most of these courses as part of the ECE AAS degree.
- Students need transportation for their practicum.
- Expected starting salary (full-time) $25,240-$27,300 ($12.62 -$13.65/hour) (Iowa Workforce Information Network).
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