Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood

About the Program 

The purpose of the Early Childhood Certificate is to give practitioners (i.e., teachers, others who work with infants and toddlers) coursework that will increase their knowledge in child development and early childhood education so that they are better prepared to implement best practices in early childhood education in their work with young children. This hybrid program will allow students to engage in face-to-face coursework or complete their coursework online. Students will gain practical experience by integrating course content with field-based experiences.

Students will be required to take 12 credit hours of coursework, including two (6 credits) required courses. The electives may be selected from any early childhood courses offered in the School of Education. Coursework taken in the Early Childhood Certificate program can be applied toward a graduate degree in curriculum and instruction, with a concentration in early childhood education.

The Early Childhood Certificate is ideal for those who are 1) non-certified individuals to gain foundational information needed to enter a master’s degree program; 2) certified teachers wanting to add early childhood coursework intending to take the early childhood Praxis and add an early childhood endorsement to their certificate; and 3) childcare staff needing early childhood coursework, in order to meet criteria set forth by the Quality Start Child Care Rating System (QRS) Model.


The Early Childhood Certificate consists of a 12 credit hours designed to increase knowledge in child development and early childhood education. An Early Childhood Certificate is desirable to post-baccalaureate students wanting to further their education in order to gain foundational information to enter a master’s program, add a PK-3 certification, or meet child care staffing requirements.

  • 3.0 in the last 60 hours of the bachelor’s degree
  • 2 letters of recommendation.


Early Childhood Education courses


EDCI 7056* Theories in Child Development 3 credit hours
EDCI 7054* Child Guidance and Behavior 3 credit hours
EDCI 7059 Parent Involvement in Early Childhood Education 3 credit hours
EDCI 7843 Early Childhood Education 3 credit hours
EDCI 7053 Infant Development 3 credit hours
EDCI 7055 Human Development 3 credit hours
EDCI 4060 (CFS 4060) Organization & Administration of Early Childhood Programs 3 credit hours
EDCI 4382 Critical Issues in Early Childhood Education 3 credit hours
EDCI 4482 Capstone in PK3 3 credit hours

Total Credits: 12



Cynthia DiCarlo
Phone: (225) 578-7005
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