2020-2021 Catalog 
    May 24, 2022  
2020-2021 Catalog [PREVIOUS CATALOG YEAR]

ECE 250 - Leadership and Management in Early Childhood Programs

Description: Overview of the responsibilities and tasks involved in managing and leading a quality early childhood program. Relationship of program philosophy and goals to program design, including: staffing structure, facility and equipment, budget development, program policies and relationships with families. Emphasis on the importance of shared vision, effective leadership, and a commitment towards advancing the professionalism of the early childhood education field.

Prerequisites: ECE 200  and ECE 202  and ECE 234 /PSY 234  

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Trends in early childhood education public policy and funding
  2. Administrative and leadership roles and styles
  3. Program planning and policy development
  4. Licensing regulations, accreditation options, and state QRIS (Quality Rating and Improvement System)
  5. Developing an operating budget
  6. Facility and classroom design (including equipment and materials)
  7. Hiring, training, supervision, mentoring and professional development
  8. Strategies for maintaining a positive organizational climate

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Identify the administrative and leadership roles and responsibilities of an ECE program director. (1, 2)
  2. Discuss the relationship between a program's goals and its structure. (3)
  3. Compare the licensing, accreditation, and State QRIS requirements for early childhood programs. (1, 4)
  4. Design an early care and education program, including: philosophy, curriculum, policies, staffing, budget and physical environments. (3,4,6)
  5. Identify the steps in the budget development process and calculate revenue and expenditures based on program information. (5)
  6. Identify methods for effective staff supervision and staff development. (7)
  7. Discuss leadership styles and strategies for promoting a positive organizational climate. (2, 8)