The New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential is designed for early childhood and school-aged program administrators looking to advance their education through professional development and Child Care Education.

This program is also available in Spanish.

Throughout the credential training you’ll explore topics such as:

  • Program development
  • Financial management
  • Leveraging grants
  • Coaching and mentoring staff
  • Engaging with families

Learn from instructors who have experience working in early childhood education as they help you create the portfolio of work that you will need to earn your official Children’s Program Administrator Credential with the New York Association for the Education of Young Children.

You must have college credits before you can earn the New York State Children’s Program Administrator Credential. Those credits can include:

  • An associate degree or 60 credits toward a bachelor's degree
  • 18 credits in child development or related courses (can be part of an associate degree)
  • 18 credits in children's program administration (these six courses will fulfill 18 of the 78 college credits needed)

To earn your New York Children’s Program Administrator Credential, you will need to complete the following three-credit courses:

  1. Administration/Supervision in Early Childhood Programs: Roles and Responsibilities
  2. Operations Management in Early Childhood Programs
  3. Financial Management and Planning in Early Childhood Programs
  4. Early Childhood Programs and the External Environment
  5. Best Practices for Children and Families in Early Childhood Programs
  6. Capstone Course: Administrative Seminar


See the below options for what fits your status best:

New Students: To register for one of the above courses please apply to UW-Platteville as a special non-degree student.

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Continuing Students: To register for one of the above courses please log in to PASS, select your semester/term, select the subject “Early Childhood Education” (ECED), and select your course.

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After you are admitted as a special student, you will be able to register for your courses each semester. Please check the academic calendar to keep informed of important deadlines.


You can review your textbooks and:

  • Buy them online
  • Buy them from a bookstore
  • Check them out from your local library
  • Check them out from the Wisconsin Child Care Information Center