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Course Description

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of administrators in programs for children with emphasis on the development of appropriate policies and procedures; management of human and financial resources; and internal and external communication within the context of multidisciplinary settings. Attention will be given to quality assurance, professional ethics, and continuing professional development.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the administrative and pedagogical responsibilities of leading an early learning program in Ontario (including development of appropriate policies and procedures, management of human and financial resources, and program development and evaluation) and their impact on structure and quality;
  2. Examine the impact of relevant legislation, regulations, professional and ethical standards, funding, administrative practices, and research on the development and leadership of early learning programs;
  3. Contribute to a collaborative learning environment by using professional and effective communication while interacting with colleagues in a Professional Learning Community;
  4. Apply principles of effective leadership through the design and delivery of collaborative peer learning experiences;
  5. Display skills in self-evaluation and reflective practice in order to support lifelong learning, professional ethics, and evidence-informed practices in the early years sector; and
  6. Engage in advocacy efforts that promote quality early learning programs and advance the well-being of children and families.

Course Topics

  • Defining Quality Early Learning and Care
  • Quality Early Childhood Education in Ontario
  • Planning and Evaluating Programs
  • Social Policy and the Roles of the Government
  • The Ontario Government and Early Childhood Education
  • Leadership in Early Childhood Programs
  • Organizational Structure of Early Childhood Programs
  • Human Resources Management
  • Promoting Professionalism
  • Policies and Procedures for Creating a Safe and Healthy Learning Environment
  • Financial Matters
  • Advocating for Canada's Children

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 8.00 credits including 1 of FRHD*1010, FRHD*2260,FRHD*2270, PSYC*2450

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods. Please see the departmental website for more information.  Open Learning program students, please contact Counsellor@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca for more information.


Assessment Item Weight Learning Outcomes

Professional Learning Communities Participation

20% 1, 2, 3, 5, 6
Professional Learning Communities Leadership Opportunity 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Online Midterm #1 and #2  40% 1, 2, 6
Online Final Exam 30% 1, 2, 6
Total 100%  



Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Zoom as a video communication tool.  A Webcam, a microphone to record video, and headphones/speakers to play back the recording are also needed. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Technical Requirements

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*Course details are subject to change.

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Section Title
Administration of Programs for Children
January 10, 2022 to April 08, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,908.38 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes
Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.
Section Materials
  • Textbook (Unconfirmed) (Mandatory) Administering for Quality: Leading and Collaboration in Canadian Early Childhood Education Programs by Karen Chandler © 2019 Prentice Hall Canada 6th Edition edition ISBN 9780134755625
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