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Childcare Center Management Certificate

EFSC's Childcare Center Management certificate program consists of courses with a focus on leadership, administration, educational programming, and the financial issues associated with managing a quality childcare program or daycare center. It's a great choice if you're interested in becoming a full-time administrator or in holding a management role while also teaching part-time.

This certificate will prepare you to:

  • Enter the workforce in a leadership role, such as a preschool director, licensed daycare owner, program coordinator, childcare director, or curriculum coordinator
  • Earn state-approved, professional certification to enhance your existing career when using the certificate courses as part of Director Credential training
  • Move on to the Early Childhood Education A.S. degree, which includes this certificate's courses

Childcare Center Management COURSE CURRICULUM

The Childcare Center Management certificate includes a total of four courses that require a combination of theoretical and practical study. You may also be eligible to earn transfer credit toward your certificate through existing childcare-related credentials or courses completed at a Brevard County public high school so check with the program advisor to explore those options.

Childcare Center Management Certificate

Program Overview

Certificate Type
College Credit Certificate (CCC)
Delivery Method
Cocoa, Melbourne
Total Credit Hours
Academic Community
Contact Information

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Childcare Center Management Admissions Information

The Childcare Center Management certificate is an open-access program with rolling admissions. No placement testing is required! You can submit your application via Eastern Florida's standard enrollment process. Contact the EFSC program advisor for help with enrollment questions. You can also contact the program's manager Kelly Shaver, Associate Professor, at or 321-433-5728.

Background screening and fingerprinting is a Florida Department of Children and Families requirement for working and obtaining licensure in this field. If you are interested in working in early childhood education, you should view the background screening requirements, which preclude individuals with misdemeanor or felony charges or convictions from participation.

How Much Does the Childcare Center Management Program Cost?

In-state tuition for this program is approximately $1,250 (plus additional fees for labs and course materials). While this program is not eligible for federal financial aid due to its program length, students can use Florida Bright Futures Scholarships, Florida Prepaid, or the Nelnet Payment Plan toward the tuition and can also apply for Veterans Educational Benefits, Titan Scholarships and outside scholarships such as the T.E.A.C.H. Early Childhood Scholarship Program.

Courses You'll Take

The Childcare Center Management curriculum consists of four courses, including one of the courses required for obtaining your state of Florida Director Credential. You must complete EEC 1200: Early Childhood Curriculum before enrolling in EEC 1942: Early Childhood Practicum.

Why Train For a Job in Childcare at EFSC?


Throughout the program, you'll spend 80 hours doing structured, planned activities with young children outside of your scheduled course time. When applicable, this experience can occur in your place of employment, but there also also several opportunities to volunteer in licensed child care centers throughout Brevard County. EFSC faculty can assist you with finding a convenient placement in your area.


This certificate includes the required training course for obtaining your Director Credential (EEC 1523: Overview of Child Care Center Management), as well as courses that are eligible to meet the Director’s Renewal requirement. The State of Florida requires all child care facilities to employ at least one person who holds this credential. Learn more about Childcare Credential Training at EFSC.

Related Programs

All of the courses for the Childcare Management Certificate also apply to Eastern Florida's Early Childhood Education associate degree. If you're interested in both programs, you can start with the certificate and opt to complete the A.S. later, or you can earn the certificate at the same time you earn the degree. EFSC also offers a variety of other education programs to explore: