Early Childhood Education - Leadership and Administration - 932

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This program is currently under review. At this time, we are not accepting new students. Email cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca for more information.

The Early Childhood Education - Leadership and Administration program provides an excellent career pathway and an outstanding opportunity for all Early Childhood Education graduates. Leadership and supervisory positions in Early Childhood Education and Care Programs can offer more diverse and challenging roles for Registered Early Childhood Educators (RECE). Knowledge of leadership and management principles presents a foundations for career advancement, enhanced compensation and job mobility.

The Leadership and Administration part-time post-graduate program can be completed over a one or a two year period. All courses are a 42 hour 50/50 blend of online and face-to-face learning. The core concepts stem from the CCHRSC Occupational Standards for Childcare Administrators, the Code of Ethics and Standards of Practice for ECEs as well as direction from the College of ECEs. The course content has been developed in collaboration with the Affiliated Services for Children and Youth, ECE managers and RECEs within the community.

RECE professionals enrolling in the program will address the key roles of those responsible for the operation of an early learning and care program for children 1-12 years. The Leadership and Administration program focuses on leadership styles, staff supervision and mentorship, financial management, advocacy, and family engagement. It enables RECEs to remain current in their professional competence, enhance their leadership development and demonstrate professionalism with potential employers, colleagues and other professionals. Graduates will be prepared with administrative best practices to assume or enhance managerial positions.

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We are no longer accepting students into this program.

The program of studies displayed below applies to students starting the program in the 2018/19 academic year. Students who began in other academic years may require different courses to be eligible to graduate. If you have questions regarding a strategy for completion contact Continuing Education - Community and Urban Studies.

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A selection of courses are available each term. Courses that are currently not available (N/A) for registration may be offered in the future – check back frequently.

This graduate certificate has recently been 're-packaged' to provide students the opportunity to achieve their credential in one year, or spread it over two. 4 courses will be a blended delivery - 50% online and 50% in class in the evenings, 2 courses are delivered fully online. Blended and online courses will allow students to balance personal and professional priorities while completing course work. Courses may be taken 2 at a time to finish one year, or 1 at a time to complete over two years. Specific details about course costs and the blended make-up will be available in the CE catalogue each semester.

Students are responsible for ensuring required prerequisites are completed prior to registering in subsequent courses. 

Mandatory Courses

Register Course number Course title Course Hours
Course description: Enhance all types of communication by choosing appropriate mechanisms to convey a message. Influence professional relationships through reflective practice of presentation and facilitation skills. Explore verbal, written and social media methods to implement best practices and exhibit professionalism with interpersonal business communications in early learning and care.
Credits: 3
Course description: Develop an understanding of leadership qualities and skills with an emphasis on coaching, mentoring, conflict management, team building, motivation, communication and professional ethics. Reflect on the importance of the role of professional and community resources, including relevant legislation. Employ strategies to become effective leaders within the early learning and care community.
Credits: 3
Course description: Apply knowledge of family systems theory to everyday interactions with families by creating a culture of respect for diverse family groups. Analyze how personal values and experiences influence work in engaging families. Focus on a family-centered approach to services with awareness of current early year's policy direction and relevant legislation.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: EDUC10080 or EDUCRT001
Equivalents: HMNSRT031
Course description: Exemplify leadership as it relates to all other pillars of the program in this capstone course. Incorporate leadership principles within a variety of early learning and care settings, including home-based operations, for productive day-to-day operations such as: curriculum evaluation and development, stakeholder collaboration, professional practice, advocacy and support of organizational change and new government initiatives.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: EDUC10080 and COMM10286 and EDUC10081 and HRES10023 and FINC10027
Course description: Integrate relevant legislation and governing systems into early learning and child care programs. Implement sound administrative practices, including extensive use of technology, for organizational effectiveness. Prepare, monitor, and report on balanced budgets by exploring revenue generation opportunities and mitigating expenses.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: EDUC10080
Course description: Discover how Human Resources legislative acts and regulatory standards impact employee recruitment and retention in the field of early learning and care. Apply HR principles to develop position descriptions, implement the selection process, and motivate and engage staff. Utilize effective conflict resolution strategies in managing performance and delivering various work wellness programs.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: EDUC10080

The list of scheduled course offerings for this program is below. Not every course is offered every semester, so please consider this schedule when planning your academic path. We cannot guarantee course offerings will be available as this program is currently under review. At this time, we are not accepting new students. Email cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca for more information.

Course Code Course Name

Fall 2021

(Sept to Dec)

Winter 2022

(Jan to April)

Spring 2022

(May to Aug)

EDUC10080  ECE Leadership Development MyCanvas    
COMM10286 ECE Communications & Relationships MyCanvas    
HRES10023 ECE Human Resources   MyCanvas  
FINC10027 ECE Governance and Financial Management   MyCanvas  
EDUC10081  ECE Family Engagement     MyCanvas
EDUC10082  ECE Leadership in Action     MyCanvas


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Courses are delivered over a set time period and are led by instructors. Most courses do not require that you be online at a certain time of day or night, but that you are active in the course during the schedule. There are scheduled start and end dates and you cannot start courses late nor finish early.

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Learning Outcomes

Program Learning Outcomes, often referred to as ‘Program Standards', set out the essential learning that a student must achieve before being deemed ready to graduate.

In many cases these program learning outcomes were developed by the Ministry of Colleges and Universities (MCU) in consultation with employers and educators who are experts in the program field. To ensure the outcomes remain current and in line with industry needs, we invite our employers, graduates working in the field and current students to re-examine and update them during regular, ongoing program review focus groups.

Career Opportunities

The Early Childhood Education Leadership & Admin program can lead to exciting career opportunities!

  • Supervisors
  • Administrators
  • Team Leaders
  • Owner/Operators

Possible settings including:

  • Childcare Agencies
  • Municipal, Non-Profit or Private Day Care Centres
  • Nursery Schools, and Cooperative Preschools
  • Parent-child Drop-In Centres
  • District School Boards

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Job Bank

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Mohawk Pathways 

Mohawk offers a diverse range of programs to further your studies**: Students that graduate from any of the following Ontario College Diploma programs are eligible to enroll into the Early Childhood Education - Leadership and Administration program:

View our pathways map PDF. This Pathways map shows how the identified program can lead to future program choices.