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
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education: 12 Credits
Applicants interested in pursuing a graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education must meet the general admission requirements for GRADUATE ADMISSIONS.
For more information about the program requirements and completion refer to the University Catalog.
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.
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.
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.
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 classroom management strategies, professional standards of practice for early childhood education, theories of motivation in young learners, managing diverse classrooms and families.