During the formative early childhood years, children need a classroom that functions like a learning playground. But they also need educators who can manage to make these classrooms come alive and program administrators who can assist educators in creating these environments.

The Indiana Association for the Education of Young Children (IAEYC) has identified criteria necessary for administrators to create these early childhood programs. National accreditation organizations require early childhood program administrators to complete at least 9 credits, or a minimum of 144 clock hours, in the areas of administration, management, and leadership of early childhood education.

Our completely online graduate certificate in early childhood program administration provides the credential that administrators need and exceeds national standards since it is a 15-credit program. This certificate is a viable option if you direct an early childhood program in the public schools or a federally funded venture such as Head Start, or if you are considering opening a private pre-school program. 

Certificate courses are taught by faculty who hold doctorates and teach in Ball State Teachers College, one of the most comprehensive and renowned colleges of education in the country.

Certificate course work can be completed in two or three semesters and applied to a master’s in elementary education (MAE).

Academic Advisor

Linda Martin, Professor
Department of Elementary Education

Course Requirements

You are required to take 15 credits to complete the certificate. Advisors will assist you in planning your schedule.

  • EDEL 630 Family and Community Partnership (3 credits)
  • EDEL 640 Early Childhood Education (3 credits)
  • EDEL 641 Early Childhood Program Leadership (3 credits)
  • EDEL 644 Education in a Diverse Society (3 credits)
  • EDEL 651 Educational Programs for Young Children (3 credits)

Ready to Apply?

You will first want to check if you meet the admission requirements for the Ball State Graduate School. Then you may apply.

No GRE is required. 


Admission to Ball State is selective, and we carefully evaluate all application on an individual basis. Applying for admission is easy. Use our convenient, comprehensive, and secure online application.

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Students from Other States

Ball State is authorized to accept online students from all U.S. states. However, certain states have regulations regarding licensing programs in nursing and education. Learn more about state authorizations for non-Indiana students.

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