NECPA National Administrator Credential® (NAC)® Certificate

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NECPA National Administrator Credential® (NAC)® Certificate

The NECPA National Administrator Credential® (NAC)® is approved by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA) Commission to provide child care center directors and early childhood professionals the required clock hours of training needed to obtain the National Administrator Credential. The NECPA NAC® program is comprised of ten Instructional Units. These units focus on the ten areas of competency required to properly know how to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online NECPA NAC® Certificate program receives support from an Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an Early Childhood specialist and has previous experience as an administrator in a child care center, school, or environment.

NOTE to Florida Residents:

This online course is approved through Hillsborough Community College (HCC) in partnership with NECPA. Florida recipients MUST submit an unofficial transcript provided by HCC to DCF. HCC will issue a transcript directly to new Florida NAC holders once the course is complete. Please do not submit CCEI or NECPA certificates to DCF. 

Upon satisfactorily completing CCEI’s NECPA NAC® Certificate program, students should be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the historical perspective, the milestones, and the key national organizations involved in early childhood education
  • Describe the various types of early childhood care and education available to families in the community
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the required elements of an effective organization
  • Demonstrate the ability to develops internal and external systems to ensure child care center compliance with local, state, and national codes
  • Identify local, state, and federal rules and regulations that effect early education programs
  • Identify essential strategies for attracting, retaining, and motivating qualified staff
  • Demonstrate knowledge of culturally and developmentally appropriate practices and the ability to select and use curriculum, materials, and equipment for the best early childhood education practices
  • Identify the fundamentals of effective marketing, public relations, and community outreach including the understanding of the similarities and differences between marketing, advertising, and public relations
  • Identify key elements of an operating budget and other types of budgets and the major resources needed to manage a child care center
  • Identify the essential elements of a developing a child care center business plan, demonstrate knowledge of strategic planning techniques, and conduct an operational and financial evaluation of an early childhood program.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of organizational theory and leadership styles as they relate to early childhood work environments
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of advocating on behalf of young children, their families, and the child care profession
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the importance of developing communication systems for staff, parents, and the community
Students enrolled in the (NAC)® program are assessed using the following methods:
  • Competency based multiple-choice questions
  • Essays and short-answer writing assignments.
  • Student activities and/or observations with written feedback.
  • Quizzes in multiple choice format – Students must pass each quiz with a grade of 70% or better to complete the course.
  • Cumulative Final Exam in multiple choice format – Students must pass with a grade of 70% or better to complete the certificate program.
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Must possess a high school diploma or GED obtained from institutions accredited and recognized by U. S. Department of Education and submit documentation as proof. Diplomas earned outside the U. S. or presented in a language other than English must be translated to English by a member of the American Translators Association, an approved credential evaluation agency approved by the Bureau of Educators Certification, or an accredited college/university.
  • Must have access to a computer and printer
  • Must have a valid email address
  • Must have access to the Internet through a CCEI supported JavaScript enabled web browser (i.e. Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, etc.)
  • Must be able to speak, read, and write well enough in the language the course is presented in to understand and complete the course material
  • NECPA NAC® Certificate Courses within this program may require observation, assessment, and practical application of learning principles in an early childhood learning environment. Students must be working in or have access to an early childhood environment to successfully complete these course(s).

Textbook Information: No textbook is required to complete this NECPA NAC® Certificate program.

Prospective students are strongly encouraged to check with their licensing representatives to determine each program’s applicability toward state requirements.

Setting: Administrator
Program Code:
Program Length: 62 Hours
IACET CEU Value: 6.2 CEUs
Program Start Date: Rolling Enrollment – Start Anytime
Program End Date: 180 days from enrollment date
Tuition Cost:  $975
Application Fee: $75
Total Program Cost: $1,050

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