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The online Undergraduate Certificate in Child Care Administration from LSU Baton Rouge gives you the head start to be an active participant in making a difference for children. This certificate equips students with the skills and knowledge required to effectively lead and drive the heart and success of childcare. The program is designed and taught by LSU faculty who have content knowledge and experience in both direct care and education of young children and administration of early childhood programs. Courses have field-based components designed to prepare candidates to work in early learning environments directly with young children from birth through age four, as well as direct early learning programs. This program is in alignment with the National Association for the Education of Young Children's Standards of Professional Practice.
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Total credit hours: 18 credit hours
Cost per credit hour (with fees): $440
Total cost with fees: $7,920
Cost per credit hour and fees are subject to change. Exact fees may vary by program. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for the final program cost.
The online Undergraduate Certificate in Child Care Administration requires 18 credits to earn your certificate. This program is made up of two different course groupings that ensure graduates are prepared with a full education that prepares them for real-life child care administration scenarios. Students can get credit for prior courses that meet the Knowledge of Child Development content. Please consult an Enrollment Coach for more details.
Knowledge of Child Development (4 Courses)
|EDCI 2081 Introduction to Developmentally Appropriate Practices||2|
|EDCI 2083 Introduction to Early Childhood Education||3|
|EDCI 2700 Characteristics of Exceptional Learners||3|
|EDCI 3055 Child Development in Context||4|
Administration (2 Courses)
|EDCI 4060 Organization and Administration of Early Childhood Program||3|
|EDCI 4061 Leadership in Early Childhood Programs||3|
*Students who will not have 30 transferable credit hours by the time they plan to enroll at LSU can still be considered for admission if they meet all remaining transfer requirements.
To see about transfer credits please check out the TIGER TRANSFER TABLES.
Students interested in applying for re-entry to LSU must have a 2.0 GPA on all LSU coursework and must meet the requirements for their prospective senior college. Students who have attempted 30 or more hours at another institution must also have a 2.5 cumulative GPA on all college work attempted. For your senior college specific requirements please check out the Re-Entry Student Requirements per College.
If you feel like you do not meet any of the above qualifications please reach out to your Enrollment Coach team member as there are different evaluation pathways for non-traditional students to take.
Undergraduate students who are reviewed and admitted by meeting LSU A&M general admissions requirements but do not meet the admittance requirements to a senior college have two admissions options:
Students can start with The University College Center for Freshman Year (UCFY). This academic unit is designed for new freshmen and some transfer and re-entry students. Their mission is to prepare incoming students for success at LSU and to help define their academic and career goals. Students typically exit the UCFY at the conclusion of the freshman year and enter one of the degree-granting senior colleges at LSU.
Students can start with The Center for Advising and Counseling (UCAC). This administrative unit serves as the academic home for students who have attempted 30-plus hours of college credit and who do not yet meet the admission requirements for one of the University’s degree-granting senior colleges.
For a list of specific senior college requirements please visit the LSU A&M Undergraduate Admission page.
Students who graduate with an online undergraduate certificate in child care administration will be prepared to effectively lead and manage multiple facets of this impactful field.
Topics covered in this certificate include:
This program sets candidates up to complete the Louisiana Pathways Administrator Credential. To move from “director 2” to “director 3”, the candidate must have 75 clock hours in approved administrative training categories or 2 college courses in approved administration coursework. LSU’s EDCI 4060 and EDCI 4061 have been reviewed by Louisiana Pathways and meet the established guidelines. Additional coursework within the Certificate in Early Childhood Administration ensures that directors are not only prepared in leadership, but also have expertise in early childhood development, instruction, and assessment.
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