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Certificate Program

Early Childhood Education: Site Supervisor

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Certificate Description

Note: We've recently revised our ECE certificate programs.

Head up your own ECE center

Running your own daycare center or serving as a site supervisor for our youngest learners requires the vision of an entrepreneur, the skills of a manager, and the heart of a teacher.

In the ECE Site Supervisor program, you'll learn best practices for recruiting, teacher training, and staff management while working toward your state child development site supervisor or program director permit.

You will learn to instill positive guidance and discipline into your curriculum for infants, toddlers, and young children.

The program is designed for students looking to complete requirements for the Child Development Site Supervisor Permit through the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, and for site directors seeking professional development to renew permits for licensed facilities.

Classroom curriculum

  • Child growth and development
  • Classroom teaching strategies
  • Center management
  • Creating developmentally based curriculum
  • Current industry research and trends

Leadership curriculum

The curriculum delivers targeted instruction to prepare you to become a successful daycare owner and build your qualifications as a director. Gain the confidence to manage and run any daycare center.

  • Budget administration
  • Facilities management
  • Personnel recruitment—best practices
  • Supervisory skills

Early Childhood Education: Site Supervisor learning objectives

  • Create optimal learning environments through efficient staff interactions with children and their families
  • Identify the differences in major learning theories and curriculum models as it pertains to early childhood education center philosophies and use it to enhance and develop appropriate care and education at childcare centers
  • Apply effective communication with families, staff, and communities about the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of children as a leader and director
  • Identify high quality settings for children using quality indicators such as the National Association for the Education of Young Children guidelines and standards and know what they are looking for as it pertains to getting childcare centers licensing, permits, and regulations for the state of California
  • Develop positive guidance and mentorship strategies to use when working with diverse groups of children including those with special needs

Estimated Cost (You pay only for courses you enroll in): $3,000 | International Tuition Cost
Required Credits: Total Required: 4 courses / 20 units. Take 4 required courses. End with certificate of completion review.
Duration: A full-time student can complete the certificate in 9–12 months.


Course Units Fall Winter Spring Summer
1. Required Course(s):
ECE 10: Supervision and Administration: Parents as Partners in Education 5.0
ECE 11: Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Centers, Part A 5.0
ECE 12: Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood Centers, Part B 5.0 Spring TBD
ECE 13: Adult Supervision and Mentoring 5.0
2. Completion Review:
Early Childhood Education: Site Supervisor Certificate Completion Fee None
3. Related Course(s): These Courses Are Not Part of The Certificate Program
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) in the Classroom 3.0
ECE: Brain Development in Early Childhood 3.0
ECE: Creative Arts for the Young Child (Preschool Through Grade 3) 3.0
ECE: Infant/Toddler Growth and Development 3.0
ECE: Principles of Infant/Toddler Caregiving 3.0
Math Development in Young Children 2.0
Science Play: Inquiry-Based Learning Made Easy 1.0

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Professional Development

Site Supervisor and Program Director credentialing

You must complete six semester units of coursework in administration and supervision of child care and development programs and two semester units in adult supervision to qualify for Site Supervisor and Program Director permits. Our courses help qualify you for these permits. Please go to the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing to learn how to qualify for Site Supervisor and Program Director permits by taking our courses.

Please visit the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for more information.

Licensure and Certification Policy

This is a mandatory licensure (permit) for this field of practice.

Please see our Licensure and Certification Policy to learn more.

Advisory Board


Certificate Program Chair 

MELISSA LE, B.A, Multi-Subject Teaching Credential (MSTC), has more than 23 years of experience working with infants, preschoolers, and children in K-6 classrooms. She has worked in public and private school settings and examined a variety of learning programs such as Challenger, Montessori, High Scope, and college-run preschools including De Anza College, San Jose State University, and Stanford University. As a K-6 afterschool program supervisor, she developed lesson plans and curriculum to meet the needs of diverse populations and students with special needs. Le has extensive experience mentoring emerging teachers in the SJSU and Stanford student-teacher programs, as well as beginning teachers completing their two year BTSA programs. Her expertise is in identifying the needs of her students, both children and adults, and helping them reach their full potential. She currently serves as chair of the Early Childhood Education Certificate Program Advisory Board for UCSC Extension.

Certificate Program Advisory Committee

TUPE Coordinator & Student Support Specialist, Morgan Hill Unified School District

Bilingual Educator and Researcher, Stanford University
Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Early Childhood Education Program

Instructor and Chair, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Early Childhood Education Programs

Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Early Childhood Education Program

Lead Teacher, Bright Horizons
President and State Director, Santa Clara Valley Chapter of CAAEYC

Instructor, UCSC Silicon Valley Extension Early Childhood Education Program

Declaring Candidacy

You can enroll in a certificate program any time during your studies.

Once you create your student account, you can enroll in a certificate program. Although you can enroll in a program at any time, the benefit of enrolling early is that it locks in your certificate requirements. This means that even if program requirements change, the requirements to complete your certificate will remain the same for you.

  • You must enroll in the certificate program before enrolling in the Certificate Completion Review.

You have a total of five years to complete all necessary courses in a certificate program.

All the necessary units in a certificate must be completed within a five-year window. The clock begins on the first day of your first course in the certificate program. For example, if you started a course on Sept. 5, 2017, you would have to complete all of the required units in this certificate by Sept. 4, 2022.

  • Enrolling in a certificate program does not trigger the beginning of the five-year window. It begins the first day of the first course that applies to a certificate program.
  • The Certificate Completion Review process does not have to occur within the five-year timeframe.

Grade Requirements

Please note that only letter grades of C- or higher may be applied to a certificate, and in some programs, students may have more stringent requirements. Students in most employer- and government-sponsored payment programs, such as workforce development, as well as international students on F-1 visas, need to maintain a B average to meet their requirements. Personal Financial Planning students have additional grade requirements for individual courses to attain a certificate.

See Grading and Credits Policy for further information.