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Early Childhood Education Program Online

Expand your career opportunities in early childhood educational settings with instruction from our industry-experienced faculty.

10/19/20 Next Application Due Date
11/02/20 Start Classes

Program Overview


$7,898 Total Tuition
As few as 12 months Program Duration
30 Credit Hours

The Early Childhood Education Certificate online from Eastern Washington University will enhance your capacity to shape effective instructional experiences for children from birth to age eight. In this online graduate program, you will learn about brain development, gain an understanding of family systems, and explore the evolution of policies, programs, and practices in early care and education.

You will also study how risk and protective factors can impact social -emotional, -physical, and -cognitive growth in young children, examine the functions of behavior, and define preventative strategies in early childhood home and classroom settings. Coursework in this program can also be applied to the M.Ed. – Early Childhood Education online degree program for an accelerated completion time.

Note: Educators certificated within the state of Washington can add the P-3 early childhood endorsement on their teaching certificate. Educators outside the state of Washington will need to follow the authorization for endorsements granted by their state.

Professional Educator Standards Board

The EWU College of Arts, Letters & Education educator programs are approved by the State of Washington Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB).

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If you are interested in pursuing your master’s degree, completed courses in this certificate program can help you earn your Master of Education in Early Childhood Education online from EWU.

Tuition


This affordable Early Childhood Education Certificate online program features pay-by-the-course tuition, with the same rate for all in-state and out-of-state students.

$263.26 Per Credit Hour
$7,898 Total Tuition

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Early Childhood Education Certificate Online Program Tuition and Fees

Program Per Credit Hour Per 4-Credit Hour Course Per Program
Early Childhood Education Certificate $263.26 $1,053.04 $7,898

Application Fee: $75

Eastern Washington University is ranked among the “Top 100 Best Regional Universities in the West” by U.S. News & World Report (2019).

Calendar


The Early Childhood Education Certificate online program is designed to be flexible for working professionals, with six-week courses and seven start dates a year. View the full calendar for upcoming start dates and deadlines for registration, required documents, and tuition payment.

Now Enrolling:

10/19/20 Next Application Deadline
11/02/20 Start Classes

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Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall II 11/2/2020 10/19/2020 10/26/2020 10/28/2020 10/31/2020 12/13/2020
Winter I 12/28/2020 12/11/2020 12/18/2020 12/22/2020 12/26/2020 2/7/2021
Winter II 2/8/2021 1/25/2021 2/1/2021 2/3/2021 2/6/2021 3/21/2021
Spring I 3/29/2021 3/15/2021 3/22/2021 3/24/2021 3/27/2021 5/9/2021
Spring II 5/10/2021 4/26/2021 5/3/2021 5/5/2021 5/8/2021 6/20/2021
Summer 7/6/2021 6/21/2021 6/28/2021 6/30/2021 7/4/2021 8/15/2021

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Eastern Washington University?

Admissions


We’ve streamlined the Early Childhood Education Certificate online admissions process to help you get started quickly and easily.

Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field
Minimum 3.0 GPA
Official transcripts from all previous colleges/universities

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Early Childhood Education Certificate Online Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Education or related field with a minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Transcripts from all previous colleges/universities where you have earned credit

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

Graduate Studies
206 Showalter Hall
Cheney, WA 99004

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Courses


In order to earn the EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online, you must complete nine courses for a total of 30 credit hours.

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You must take the following courses.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course covers early childhood development (birth-8), which includes the impact of prenatal, as well as social and societal influences. Students will learn about brain development and how risk and protective factors can impact social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth in young children.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course will focus on classical and contemporary issues in early childhood education (birth-8). Five larger domains (i.e., stakeholders in ECE, differentiation, standards, and curricula) will be examined through selected readings.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Course content will provide a framework for early childhood professionals to plan, deliver and assess evidence-based, integrated curriculum content in the early childhood classroom (e.g., math, science, social studies, music, creative arts).

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course prepares students to create a positive climate for young children. The quality of learning environments will be examined with regard to both the social and physical design and layout. Students will explore the function of behavior and define preventative strategies in early childhood home and classroom settings.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course is based on an understanding of family systems and the application of family-centered principles in early childhood education and home-based services. Students will gain an understanding of family and cultural contexts in which child development occurs and explore service delivery models and frameworks for supporting a collaborative partnership with families.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

This course will require students to think critically about the evolution of policies, programs and practices in early care and education. Students will apply perspectives to current practice and policy through critical analysis of research, and program evaluation.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

This course provides MEd candidates the opportunity to assemble a portfolio of work from graduate education courses that includes a reflective component. Candidates will provide evidence aligned with corresponding professional competencies. The course provides candidates the opportunity to prepare for the written comprehensive examination, which serves as the capstone experience in lieu of a thesis or research report.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

Duration: 6 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

Continuation of Early Childhood Internship I. Practical, on-the-job experience for specialized school personnel planned cooperatively by a school district and the university. Students are selected for this experience by the university and the district in which the student is working.

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