Graduate Certificates in Child Care Management

Certificate programs in child care management are designed to equip you with the knowledge and training necessary to maintain a successful child care business. Training at the graduate certificate level will combine courses in child development, nutrition and safety with business courses. Read on for information on online options and for job outlook and salary information for child care center administrators. Schools offering Child Care Services degrees can also be found in these popular choices.

Can I Earn a Graduate Certificate In Child Care Management?

Several schools offer graduate-level certificate programs in child care management. These programs cover virtually every aspect of running a successful child care facility, including child development, curriculum development, personnel management, safety, nutrition and community relations. Many of these programs will also prepare you for licensing and certification in your home state. Most programs will require you to complete 7-10 courses and will take about one year to complete.

Program Requirements Requires 7-10 classes and can be finished in about a year
Common Classes Child development, child care center administration, small business management, family relations, health and nutrition
Online Options Relevant courses available online
Median Salary (2015) $45,670 (for preschool and child care center education administrators)*

*Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

What Type Of Classes Will I Take?

Most of these certificate programs are designed to provide a fundamental background in child care, child development and small business management. Some courses you are likely to take include:

  • Family and community relations
  • Child growth and development
  • The business of child care
  • Administration of child care centers
  • Health and nutrition

Can I Complete This Certificate Online?

Some schools offer courses that you may use towards your online certificate, though programs that you can complete entirely online are rare. For example, you may find an online child growth and development course or an online course in curriculum development. If you decide to take an online course, you'll need to have a broadband Internet connection and an updated browser. You may also need media viewing software, such as Windows Media Viewer or Adobe Acrobat.

What Is The Career Outlook For A Child Care Manager?

According to a 2015 study by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), child care center administrators earned a median annual salary of around $45,670 ( The BLS predicts that professional opportunities for preschool and child care center directors will grow about 7% between 2014 and 2024.

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