General Catalog

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

12 Semester Credits / 1-2 Semesters / 4-8 Months

Delivery Mode: Online

This graduate certificate program in Early Childhood Education is designed for teachers in a pre-school setting who want to enhance their career and deepen their knowledge of early childhood education and classroom management.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Examine the diverse needs, characteristics and multiple influences on the development of children, as appropriate to children birth through age 8.
  2. Demonstrate content and pedagogical knowledge necessary for successful performance in field settings
  3. Assess developmentally appropriate curriculum, methods and teaching practices.
  4. Design developmentally appropriate activities that adhere to industry standards.
  5. Apply oral and written communication skills and research practices to discuss information related to early childhood education issues and topics.

Completion Requirements

The certificate requires successful completion of a total of 12 semester credits. Students need to receive a grade of B or better in each course to receive the certificate. Students receiving a grade below a B would have to retake the course before credit would be given.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Requirements

MAE535Curriculum Across Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners (ECE)


MAE537Developing Language, Literature and Communication of Diverse Young Learners (ECE)


MAE539Methods of Teaching Early Childhood (ECE)


MAE541Maintaining an Effective Learning Climate (ECE)