Child Care Management Courses and Diplomas

Learn about the courses and education programs available in child care management. Explore the career options typically open to those who complete these programs, typical classes, admission requirements and potential earnings. Schools offering Child Care Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

What Programs Are Available in Child Care Management?

If you want to study child care management, you can enroll in a diploma/certificate, associate's or bachelor's degree program in the field. These programs can be found in online formats, although they are more widely available on traditional college campuses. As an undergraduate or diploma/certificate holder, you would usually be prepared for entry-level careers in child care. However, with a diploma/certificate in child care from an accredited institution, you might be able to transfer your credits to a child care management degree program to pursue your education further.

Program TypesDiploma, associate's, bachelor's
Common Course TopicsEarly childhood development, family dynamics, pedagogy, preschool teaching, family teaching
Admission RequirementsHigh school diploma, ACT or SAT scores, letters of recommendation, personal statement
Median Salary (2019)$79,501 (for childcare center directors)*
Job Outlook (2016-2026) 11% growth (for all preschool and childcare center directors)**

Source: *Salary.com, **U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Courses Could I Take?

Both associate's degree programs and bachelor's degree programs in child care management require you to take general education classes. Additionally, you could learn the fundamentals of early childhood development, pedagogy and business. For example, you could learn about family dynamics, learning environments and exercise for children. Other areas of study could include small business administration, management and bookkeeping. Some courses of study may require you to complete an internship or clinical hours before graduating. The following are examples of topics you might find in the curriculum:

  • Principles of nutrition
  • Guidance for young children
  • Early learning
  • Preschool teaching
  • Family relations
  • Human development

What Are the Admissions Requirements?

In the field of child care management, a high school diploma or its equivalent is the minimum requirement for both associate's and bachelor's degree programs. You should also expect to submit ACT or SAT scores, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Because many of the classes involve training in psychology or business, taking classes in these fields in high school could be beneficial preparation.

How Much Money Can I Make?

According to Salary.com, childcare center directors were earning a median annual salary of $79,501 as of August 2019. Professionals in the top 25th percentile of this field were earning $92,449 while the lower 25 percentile was making less than $71,872. The site also noted that several years of professional experience is usually required to secure this position.

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