During the formative early childhood years, children need a classroom that functions like a learning playground. But they also need educators who 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 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 teach in Ball State's 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) with an early childhood concentration.

Program Contacts

Becky Druetzler
Academic Advisor

Linda Martin
Director of Graduate Programs

Course Requirements

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

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

For a complete list of program requirements and courses, see the course catalog.

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Completion of this certificate does not lead to initial licensure.


Ready to Apply?

Are you interested in our program? Then it’s time to apply!

You do not need to take the GRE to be considered for admission.

You may begin taking courses for this program in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The deadline to apply is two weeks before the start of the term.

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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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