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Early Childhood Education Certificate Online

Undergraduate Certificate
Early Childhood Education

Supplementing your credentials with an Undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education is an ideal way to enhance your career skills or prepare for continued college study. Graduation from our program allows you to apply your studies to the 120 hours of professional education necessary as part of the requirements to earn your Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential™.

  • Prerequisite: High School Diploma or GED
  • Study Method: Textbooks with Online Lessons & Exams
  • Program Length: 6 to 12 Months

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$34 Per Month

  What You'll Learn

Our online Early Childhood Education Certificate program contains 5 courses that include 1 required introductory course and 4 electives of your selection. Choose from courses in children’s literature, guidance and discipline or movement and music. You’ll also explore…

  • Cognitive and language development
  • Guidance and discipline concepts
  • Fostering creativity
  • Cultural diversity
  • Communication, language and literacy

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Required Course

E01 - Careers in Early Childhood Education  

This course introduces the student to the field of early childhood education by describing at a fundamental level how children learn, the stages of early childhood development, how teachers work with children and their parents, what is taught, how to create and evaluate an early childhood environment, and issues and trends in the field.
Credit Hours: 3


E02 - Child Development  

This course examines childhood development by observing physical and psychosocial factors that lead to cognitive, language, and literacy development according to a child's age. Child development theories, studies and assessments will also be presented.
Credit Hours: 3

E03 - Curriculum Development  

This course discusses how to develop and implement appropriate curriculum for young children. Topics include the use of play, cooking, and physical activity, and techniques for fostering creativity and emotional, social, and verbal competence within the curriculum.
Credit Hours: 3

E04 - Guidance and Discipline  

This course presents guidance and discipline concepts applicable to children’s behavior in preschool and primary school classrooms. By applying the concepts taught in this course, the student will be able to help children become responsible and productive, and will themselves become a much more patient and understanding disciplinarian.
Credit Hours: 3

E05 - Children's Literature  

Literature is a core component of an early childhood curriculum. This course will teach students how to evaluate appropriate resources and how to use these resources in a classroom to meet specific educational objectives.
Credit Hours: 3

E06 - Creative Expression and Play  

Play is a core component of an early childhood curriculum. This course reinforces the importance of play and teaches students how to integrate play into the art, music, movement, and drama curricula. This course also analyzes the connection between play and creativity, and demonstrates techniques for fostering creativity.
Credit Hours: 3

E07 - Art and Creative Development  

This course teaches the student why art activities are important to young children and how to provide those art activities in the classroom. Topics include child development, art, and cultural diversity, aesthetics, the senses, and art programs, teaching, planning and evaluating art, and roles, strategies, responses and assessment.
Credit Hours: 3

E08 - Health, Safety, and Nutrition  

The optimal physical and cognitive development of a young child depends on proper nutrition, a safe but challenging learning environment, and care sensitive to the child’s individual health status. In this course, the student will learn how the topics of health, safety, and nutrition are interrelated, how to assess children’s health, how to plan for safety and attend to children’s injuries, and how to foster nutritious eating habits.
Credit Hours: 3

E09 - Home, School, and Community  

This course provides an introduction to the partnerships that teachers must create with parents and others, in order to achieve the best results for children in their classroom. Topics covered include home visits with parents and children, meetings with parents, and parental visits to the child’s classroom. Issues of separation and communication are addressed, along with resolving troublesome behaviors.
Credit Hours: 3

E10 - Exceptional Children  

This is an introduction to the special needs of children with developmental disabilities, and how to implement programs that include these children in an early childhood classroom. Topics include exceptional development, physical impairments and learning and behavior problems, and encouraging social, language and thinking skills.

E11 - Movement and Music  

Movement and music are believed to provide equally valued benefits in the areas of cognitive development, physiological development, physical health, school success, and reading and math achievement. This is a broad-based course in physical education for children, which emphasizes the development of fundamental motor skills through child-centered activities that involve the use of music.
Credit Hours: 3

E12 - Cultural Diversity  

A sociological overview of the ways in which cultural diversity influences children’s social skills and behavior, communication, learning styles, literacy development and professional development, plus suggestions for teachers in working with children from diverse backgrounds.
Credit Hours: 3

E13 - Early Childhood Literacy  

This course provides an introduction to teaching young children how to read and write during the preschool years. This course covers the progression of communication, language, literacy, and listening, and the uses of children’s literature to facilitate the development of literacy in early childhood.
Credit Hours: 3

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  What You Get

All textbooks and learning materials you’ll need to complete the Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Certificate online program are included in your tuition. Interest-free monthly payments make achieving your education goals easy.

The flexibility of online learning allows you to move at your own pace, and when you need help, our Academic Advisors and student help desk will lend a hand. The program includes:

  • Textbooks and study materials
  • Online lessons and open-book exams
  • Instructor guidance
  • Academic support and tutoring
  • Participation in the Student Community
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Graduates of our Undergraduate Early Childhood Education Certificate online program receive a personalized certificate and an invitation to participate in our annual graduation ceremony where they can share the pride of earning an undergraduate certificate in Early Childhood Education with friends and family.

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