Early Childhood Program Administration

Program Overview

The Early Childhood Program Administration technical certificate of credit program is a sequence of three courses designed to prepare students for a job as a manager of a Childcare Learning Center or a Group Day Care Center.  The program emphasizes child growth and development and management and administration issues involved in managing a child care center.  Graduates have qualifications to be employed in early care and education settings including child care centers, Head Start, and Georgia Pre-K programs.

Students are accepted into the Early Childhood Program Administration certificate program every semester. A full-time student can complete this program in 1 semester. To graduate, students must earn a minimum of 9 semester credit hours.

Career Traits/Requirements

Individuals wanting to enroll in the Early Childhood Administration certificate program must be fond of children, dependable, reliable, flexible, patient, and positive.

Offered at the Following Campuses/Delivery Mode

  • North Campus (Sandersville)
  • South Campus (Dublin)
  • Online (Distance Education)

Salary Potential

$13,000.00 – $19,000.00

Program Costs

Tuition & Fees:  $1,231.00
Books & Supplies:  $375.00
(Costs are estimated and are subject to change.)

HOPE Career Grant:
The HOPE Career Grant, formerly known as the Strategic Industries Workforce Development Grant, is available to HOPE Grant-qualified students who enroll in select majors specifically aligned with one of 12 industries in which there are more jobs available in Georgia than there are skilled workers to fill them.

To qualify, an OFTC student must be fully admitted to the college, enrolled in one of the approved programs and receiving the HOPE Grant for the same term. The amount of the HOPE Career Grant award is a fixed amount for each term of enrollment:

  • 9 or more credit hours – $500/semester
  • 3-8 credit hours – $250/semester
  • 1-2 credit hours – $125/semester
  • Commercial Truck Driving – $1,000 one time award

High School students in dual enrollment and joint enrollment are NOT eligible.

Employment Opportunities

Graduates of the Early Childhood Program Administration certificate program are prepared for employment as a childcare center owner, director, or administrator. Instruction and practical application of learned skills provide a broad occupational background which appeals to prospective employers.

Admission Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and application fee;
  • Be at least 18 years of age;
  • Submit official high school transcript or GED transcript;
  • Submit official college transcripts, if applicable;
  • OFTC may accept a student’s official entrance score on the following validated assessment instruments if the scores meet the required minimums: COMPASS/ASSET, SAT, ACT, PSAT, PACT, Accuplacer/Accuplacer Next Generation/Companion, HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher or GED.



Course Overview

  • ECCE1103Child Growth and Development3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2320Program Administration and Facility Management3 credit hours45 contact hours
  • ECCE2322Personnel Management3 credit hours45 contact hours