ECE Supervision and Administration

Specialized Training for Childcare Center Directors

In California, prospective directors of childcare centers require specialized training in administration and supervision to qualify for licensing. Once licensed, they also require ongoing professional development to renew permits.

Comprehensive Preparation for Directors of Daycare Centers

The ECE Supervision and Administration Certificate Program at UCSC Extension provides comprehensive preparation for this role. It is designed specifically for childcare professionals who aspire to run childcare centers. The curriculum delivers targeted instruction in budget administration, facilities management, and personnel recruitment and supervision.

Benefits of Studying at UCSC Extension

You will acquire University of California certified training tailored to the unique demands confronting daycare professionals in Silicon Valley. Our instructors are among the top ECE teachers and administrators in the Bay Area. As a result, our students also benefit from networking with the region's ECE leaders who are active in daycare service.

Who Should Attend This Program

Daycare center teachers seeking a career in supervision and administration should attend this program. Other educators or working professionals interested in exploring careers as directors of private child-care centers will also benefit from this program, as will parents interested in learning more about early childhood education administration.


Students should have a background in Early Childhood Education by successfully completing the Early Childhood Education certificate, or its equivalent, before entering the Advanced Early Childhood Education Supervision and Administration program.

Recommended Course Sequence

ECE 11 should be taken before ECE 12; otherwise courses in this program may be taken in any order.

Certificate Application Information

We encourage you to establish candidacy in a certificate program early in your studies. There are substantial benefits in doing so:

  • Curriculum changes subsequent to the date your application is received will not affect your course requirements.
  • Candidates will be notified of updates or special opportunities related to the program

Program Contact

Enroll online now or contact the Education Department for more information: call (408) 861-3860 or e-mail

ECE Supervision and Administration Certificate Requirements

Total: 18 units (minimum)
Required: 12 units
Elective: 6 units
GPA: 3.0 
a C or better in all courses.
Timeline: Complete minimum units/courses within 3 years.

Courses completed more than five years prior to date of certificate issuance cannot be used to fulfill requirements.

How to Apply

Certificate applications can be submitted online. Simply click on the "Declare Candidacy" button above. Then, select the "Enroll" button next to the certificate title and follow the instructions.

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