Early Childhood Education (Undergraduate Certificate)

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Creighton’s Early Childhood Education certificate program allows professionals working with children from ages three through eight (pre-kindergarten through grade three) to develop expertise through a spectrum of early childhood education courses.

Early Childhood Education is one of the most impactful fields in education. Millions of dollars are being spent to develop and upgrade the education for pre-school and kindergarten aged students. Currently, school principals are seeking individuals who possess specialized training for early childhood education classrooms due to how important development is at this age. Creighton’s certificate program can equip your for an in-demand role in this area.

Courses are strongly influenced by the beliefs of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and built on the Nebraska Department of Education endorsement standards. The curriculum is designed around the premise that early childhood development is a process of accommodation between the child, the teacher and the child’s environment.

Through combining theory with observation and participation in clinical, community and school practicum settings, you’ll prepare to implement developmentally appropriate practices in the variety of environments affecting the young child. In sum, you’ll learn how to translate content and academic knowledge into practice.


The Bureau of Labor Statistics data demonstrates that the projected job growth for preschool and kindergarten teachers is growing faster than other education levels.

What You'll Learn

The program will build the following competencies:

Promoting Child Development and Learning

  • Using a child development knowledge base, create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging for each child.

Building Family and Community Relationships

  • Create respectful, reciprocal, complex relationships that support and empower families, to successfully impact children’s development.

Observing, Documenting and Assessing to Support Young Children and Families

  • Use child observation, documentation and other effective assessment strategies in a responsible way, in partnership with families and other professionals, to positively influence the development of every child.

Developmentally Effective Approaches

  • Understand and use positive relationships and supportive interactions, and a wide array of developmentally appropriate approaches, instructional strategies, and tools to connect with children and families and positively influence each child’s development and learning.

Content Knowledge to Build Meaningful Curriculum

  • Design, implement and evaluate meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.

Becoming a Professional

Using ethical guidelines and other professional standards related to early childhood practice, demonstrate knowledgeable, reflective and critical perspectives to make informed decisions that integrate knowledge from a variety of sources.


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