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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

The Early Childhood Education Certificate focuses on the analysis of the diverse needs, characteristics and multiple influences on the development of children, as appropriate to children ages 0-8. The program analyzes the content and pedagogical knowledge necessary for successful performance in field settings, assesses developmentally appropriate curriculum, methods and teaching practices and promotes the design of developmentally appropriate activities that adhere to industry standards.

Tuition Rate:
$3,900 (including fees)
Monthly Payment Plan:
$350 per month for 11 months

Program Learning Outcomes

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

 

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education
12 Credits
Admission Requirements

A qualified student, who wishes to enter United States University to obtain a graduate certificate, without being enrolled in a degree program, may apply for graduate admission to Graduate Certificate Status. The College of Education requires a GPA of 2.5 for admission to Graduate Certificate Status and official transcripts must be submitted. Completing a Graduate Certificate Application is required. Credits acquired through this certificate may be transferred to the Master of Arts in Education at USU. Certificates will be awarded upon the student’s application for the certificate once they have successfully completed the course requirements.

Program Requirement

Graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average (Cumulative GPA) of at least 3.0 (on a standard 4.0 scale) at the end of each semester.

Tuition & Cost

Per Credit Hour: $325
Estimated Tuition: $3,900
Monthly Payment Plan: $350/month for 11 months

Completion Time

2 semesters/4 months*

*Dependent on course load

Courses

MAE 535: Curriculum Across Content Areas for Diverse Young Learners

This course focuses on the design and implementation of individualized and culturally responsive learning opportunities and curriculum for young children with and without disabilities in inclusive early childhood environments (i.e., child care centers, preschool, Head Start, early elementary school). Students will deepen their understanding of and ways of responding to young learners with a wide range of abilities and diverse backgrounds.  Curricula and materials will be examined and evaluated as related to state standards.

3 Credits

MAE 537: Developing Language, Literature & Communication of Diverse Young Learners

This course examines strategies to develop language, literacy, and communication in young children with varying abilities. It explores the importance of adult-child interaction and the effect of bilingualism, cultural diversity, cognitive ability, and language disorders.

3 Credits

MAE 539: Methods of Teaching Early Childhood

This course provides a foundation in program content and methodology for the teaching of language and literacy, the arts, and physical activity and physical education to young children, including children with special needs. Curricular content, modifications, integration of content area standards, the impact of new technology, and cultural and sociopolitical contexts are explored.

3 Credits

MAE 541: Maintaining an Effective Learning Climate

This course examines developmentally effective strategies used in managing a positive learning environment within the framework of today’s diverse early childhood population. Topics include models of discipline, establishing expectations and procedures, motivating children, family communication, managing disruptive children, technology integration, and materials management and record keeping.

3 Credits