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The early years of a child’s life shape his or her entire future. As a professional working in early childhood education, your specialized skills play a critical role in supporting children’s social and emotional development. If you’re passionate about teaching young children (birth through age eight), this certificate program is ideal for enriching your own education. Our Early Childhood Education (ECE): Curriculum & Leadership certificate is designed for those who want to teach through active, hands-on engagement. Coursework will explore the latest research and current trends in ECE while deepening your knowledge about collaboration with/advocacy for families and leadership in early childhood settings. In less than eight months, you can advance your skills with the latest tools and strategies for enhancing the mindset, growth, and abilities of your young students.
Thinking about earning a Master of Education? Completion of the ECE certificate program will give you a considerable head start on earning an MEd in Curriculum & Instruction: Early Childhood Education, with a transfer of 12 credits taking you nearly half the way there! Please note that completing this online early childhood education certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. In some cases, coursework may apply toward the renewal of a teacher’s license.
This course provides an overview of the field of early childhood education by exploring its past, present, and future. Significant issues focusing on advocacy for children and families will be addressed in terms of the interpretation of research, philosophical approaches, and application of theory. Candidates will become familiar with advocacy for children and families at the local, state, and national levels.
This course focuses on curriculum development in pre-kindergarten and the primary grades from a constructivist perspective. Emphasis is placed on facilitating child-centered learning and implementing authentic assessment practices within State prescribed standards and benchmarks. This course is specifically designed for classroom teachers willing to explore the opportunities of project-based learning.
This course focuses on the relationship between play and learning for young children (birth through age eight). It is based on the philosophy that children construct knowledge while actively engaged in the process of understanding the world around them. Strategies for implementing play opportunities in the preschool and primary curriculum will be accentuated in order that the student may create a classroom environment that supports playful learning.
This course introduces candidate to leadership in early childhood education. Emphasis is placed on grace-filled, visionary leadership, creating a positive learning environment, continuous quality program improvement, and mentoring and empowering staff.
The focus of this course is on establishing respectful and reciprocal relationships between families and early childhood programs. With an emphasis on honoring diversity, candidates will develop strategies for collaborating with families in order to support the child’s learning and development.
Please note that completing this certificate program does not lead to state certification or licensure. This certificate is not designed or intended to lead in any way toward a teaching license, endorsement, or administrative credential.