Early Childhood Programs: Management Principles and Applications

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

This seminar has been developed for individuals who have experience managing early childhood programs. The seminar identifies and evaluates critical success factors leading to effective managerial performance in the roles of planner, decision maker, organizer, leader and motivator. Lecture, discussion and readings examine current management theory and practices and apply them to early childhood programs.

Learning outcomes


  • Critically analyze the issues and influences, which impact stakeholder relationships.
  • Describe effective operational policies and systems for quality assurance.
  • Explain and evaluate the elements of strategic planning and ability to design a strategic planning process for an early childhood program.
  • Identify major management models and student's own management style.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.