Early Childhood Education (Graduate Certificate)
For professionals working with children in pre-kindergarten through grade three, the Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate provides a broad and immersive educational experience. The program has been designed to develop expertise in those working with children from ages three through eight. As a graduate student in this program, you’ll take courses across the spectrum of early childhood education. Coursework is largely based on the vision of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for all young children to thrive, learn and reach their full potential and is built on the Nebraska Department of Education endorsement standards.
Early childhood development is a process of accommodation between the child, the teacher, and the child’s environment, and you will learn how to translate this knowledge into practice. The program combines theory with observation and participation in clinical, community and school practicum settings. This, along with many diverse field experiences, will prepare you to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practice in environments affecting the young child.
The Graduate Certificate Program in Early Childhood Education consists of 18 credits, which can be completed in about one year. View the complete list of courses.