The National Administrator Credential (NAC), in partnership with State College of Florida (SCF), is listed as an approved Overview of Childcare Management (OCCM) course by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).
Upon completion, a college transcript from SCF will be sent to you which should be submitted to your local DCF rep. All records are sent to SCF on or by the fifth of the month following your completion. Please expect up to 60 days (maximum) to receive your transcript from SCF.
Developed for center directors, emerging leaders and child care professionals, the Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) is a comprehensive, 45 hour course conducted online, and is an award for demonstrated mastery of child care administration skills. The NAC is recognized as a mark of excellence that designates professionals who have demonstrated the knowledge that is essential for managing a child care program. This course requires the use of a textbook ($40 value), which is provided to you at no added cost.
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Class Type Hours Months to obtain (Avg.)
100% Online (with live instructor) 45 1
Advance Your career with an Online National Administrator Credential
NECPA’s National Administrator Credential program is designed to prepare you to join the ranks of the most efficient and knowledgeable childcare directors and administrators in the field in a public, private, or nonprofit setting.. Pursuing our National Administrator Credential can enhance your opportunities for career growth and advancement as well as bolster your critical problem-solving abilities through assignments and scenarios based on real-world best practices. The National Administrator Credential provides students with a steady basis in business and practical skills in Early Childhood Education suitable for students from any academic background.
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Why Choose NECPA’s National Administrator Credential Online?
If you currently find yourself in a administrator’s role or wish to, without a formal business degree, or you want to in program leadership without pursuing a bacholers or masters in business administration (MBA), then the National Administrator Credential is the program for you. Unlike MBA degrees, you are not required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the NAC.
What are the Benefits of Completing the National Administrator Credential?
- Program directors can experience greater job security and compensation because of their role.
- Completing a credential demonstrates your willingness to go beyond basic practice to the application of defined best practices to solve difficult management and administrative problems.
- This program is 100% online with no required on-campus courses.
- The NAC has the backing of many states and organizations.
The National Administrator Credential (NAC) Course Overview
The NAC course offers childcare and education directors and administrators forty-five (45) hours of high-quality, relevant education.
- Candidates complete real-world projects and relevant reading assignments.
- Each candidate has 180 days (6 months) to complete this 45 hour program. The course is self paced, and the candidate may work through the course as speedily or leisurely as they wish. The course is designed with flexibility in mind, but cannot be completed within 10 days.
- Assignments are graded by a live instructor who will work with you to ensure success. The instructor endeavours to have all assignments graded within 24 hours during the week.
The 10 National Administrator Credential (NAC) Competencies
- History of Early Childhood Education, and Personal and Professional Development of the Child Care Professional
- An Effective Organization
- Internal and External Systems
- Laws and Regulations
- Staff Management and Human Resources
- Educational Programming
- Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations
- Financial Management
- Operational Planning and Evaluation
- Leadership and Advocacy
This course is valued at 4.5 CEUs
In Conjunction with our Top Quality Partner:
•The course is being offered by SCF-NECPA, as only this entity is approved by the Department to offer the approved OCCM course.
• The student must:
download a copy of the Director Credential Application (CF-FSP Form 5290) from the Department‘s website at www.myflorida.com/childcre and complete section 3, 4 or 5 (depending on the level of credential the student is applying for). The student must write in SCF-NECPA and the date SCF issued the NAC course and 4.5 CEUs.
• submit the Director Credential Application, proof of the qualifications listed under the “Core Requirements" subheading and a copy of their SCF transcript documenting completion of the NAC course for 4.5 CEUs.
• submit a FERPA release which would allow NECPA to communicate completion to SCF so that a n unofficial transcriptmay be sent to the completer to satisfy DCF requirements.