Early Childhood Education Administration

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (7 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1616X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program may be of interest to individuals who have their Early Childhood Education Diploma (or its equivalent) and wish to pursue professional specialization to enhance and promote their career.

Students build on their curriculum design and communication skills while exploring management concepts that focus on staff supervision, leadership, financial management, marketing, advocacy and professionalism. Students apply theoretical concepts of healthy development, program development and administrative best practices in their supervised field placement.

Graduates may find employment in supervisory and administrative positions across the full spectrum of programs and centres servicing the needs of children from birth to age 12.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Are compassionate and committed to making a difference in the lives of children and their families.
  • Possess strong communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills.
  • Are detail-orientated, organized, analytical and solution focused.
  • Are energetic, flexible, open-minded, creative and responsible.
  • Can be self-directed in a team environment.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment as supervisors or administrators in a variety of Early Childhood Education settings according to the Child Care and Early Years Act, 2014.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma or recognized equivalent.
  • One post-diploma year working with children in a licensed ECE child care setting. Individual knowledge and experience will be considered in lieu of one year experience.

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application and forward to:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8
Fax: 613-727-7634

Program Eligibility
  • Early Childhood Education Diploma or recognized equivalent.
  • One post-diploma year working with children in a licensed ECE child care setting. Individual knowledge and experience will be considered in lieu of one year experience.

This program has an application process. All applicants must complete an application and forward to:

Online Administrative Coordinator
Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue, Room P209
Ottawa ON K2G 1V8
Fax: 613-727-7634



Upon registration into the field placement course (FAM5607) the following requirements must be met. Failure to complete these requirements will prevent students from participating in the field placement component of the program, which is a requirement for graduation.

  • Complete all core courses: COM5601, EDU5602, EDU5603, EDU5604, MKT5606 and EDU5606.
  • Valid First Aid and CPR Certification (St. John Ambulance, Red Cross or equivalent) must be completed prior to the commencement of field placement. This certificate must be valid for the duration of the field experience. Students may have either Emergency First Aid or Standard First Aid certification.
  • Health check and tuberculosis test (two step test): See Health Requirements.
  • Current Police Records Check: See Police Records Check Documentation.

Applicants must provide evidence of full and complete immunizations. All documentation is reviewed by ParaMed and must be submitted for clearance within the stated timelines. Extensions will not be granted. More information in this regard is available on the website for successful applicants. Some field placement agencies may require the Hepatitis B vaccine and the Influenza vaccine.


Successful completion of field placement is a requirement for graduation from the Early Childhood Education Administration program. Agencies that provide placement opportunities may require you to have a clear Police Records Check for Service with the Vulnerable Sector (PRCSVS). Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear PRCSVS and as a result are unable to participate in placement, you will not be able to graduate.


To be eligible for placement, you must submit proof of First Aid certification, Health authorization and a PRCSVS to ParaMed. A fee will be paid to ParaMed at the time of registration. A copy will be retained on your ParaMed file and used only for purposes related to your placement. You will be required to disclose the contents of the PRCSVS, including all notations, to the placement agencies.

It is your responsibility to obtain the PRCSVS from your local Police Department prior to the deadline identified by your Department and to pay any associated costs. It may take a long time to obtain this documentation; please submit your application as early as possible. Should you require further information, contact the Program Academic Manager.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

Fore more information please contact Samantha Harris, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6311 or harriss2@algonquincollege.com.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameWinter
COM560142.0Communication Strategies for Early Childhood EducatorsOnline Learning
EDU560242.0Ece Curriculum Design and ImplementationOnline Learning
EDU560342.0Advocacy and Professionalism in Early Childhood EducationOnline Learning
EDU560442.0Management Leadership Skills and Staff Development for EceOnline Learning
MKT560542.0Service Marketing in EceOnline Learning
EDU560642.0Computer Applications and Financial Planning in Early Childhood EducationOnline Learning
FLD5607210.0Early Childhood Education Administration Program FieldworkOnline Learning


COM5601 Communication Strategies for Early Childhood Educators

Students develop skills to implement a variety of communication strategies related to the responsibilities of a supervisor/administrator in working with parents, boards of directors, volunteers, staff and other professionals in the community. Students also create a communication portfolio which may include formats for surveys, brochures, business letters, media releases, newsletters, policies/procedures and funding proposals.

EDU5602 Ece Curriculum Design and Implementation

Students analyze the influence of theoretical philosophies when designing curriculum models that are consistent with research and developmental principles in Early Childhood Education Administration. Administrative strategies for curriculum design and implementation are evaluated for consistency with best practices for children's optimal learning. The Early Learning for Every Child Today (ELECT) document provides a framework model for administrative analysis. Students analyze current early childhood curriculum models, such as Montessori, High/Scope, Reggio Emilia, Bank Street, Creative Curriculum and the Full Day Early Learning Program to understand the role of the administrator in curriculum design. Through a range of activities students have the opportunity to practise and use curriculum design skills including analysis, research, evaluation and decision making to affect change in the workplace.

EDU5603 Advocacy and Professionalism in Early Childhood Education

Professionalism in early childhood education is explored in the context of societal values, ethics, professional support systems, and current political issues and trends surrounding child care. Students formulate an informed position regarding child care issues in Canada.

EDU5604 Management Leadership Skills and Staff Development for Ece

Effective communication and leadership are essential skills for early childhood education administrators. Through a process of self-evaluation, students develop a professional leadership style appropriate to the role of an administrator in an early childhood education setting. Students learn techniques to hire and maintain quality staff in an early childhood education program.

MKT5605 Service Marketing in Ece

There are specific marketing principles and practices that apply to the operation of early childhood education centres. Students research and develop marketing plans through the identification of the needs of clients and market demands. Strategies for effective program marketing, publicity, and promotion are determined and evaluated for effectiveness.

EDU5606 Computer Applications and Financial Planning in Early Childhood Education

Early childhood education administrators must have comprehensive knowledge of computers and their use. Topics covered include computers, and the purchase and use of software packages.

FLD5607 Early Childhood Education Administration Program Fieldwork

Students integrate theory and practice focusing on administration and supervision within an early learning environment. Students provide leadership and demonstrate skills in marketing, staff development, advocacy, computer applications and financial planning within the specified framework of their individual settings.