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Early Childhood Certificate Program Online

Complete Coursework: as few as 12 months Credit Hours: 30 Tuition: $7,898
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Program Overview


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. Learn from our industry-experienced faculty and gain the knowledge and skills you need to expand your career opportunities in early childhood educational settings.

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.

Earn your certificate in as few as 12 months. 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.

Graduates of this program will be able to:

  • Understand the development of the brain and how various factors can impact the growth in young children
  • Plan and deliver curriculum content in an early childhood classroom
  • Apply early care and education policy to practice
  • Utilize learnings through on the job experience in the internships

Courses

In order to earn the EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online, you must complete nine courses for a total of 30 credits. All courses are six weeks in length.

To see the full list of the Early Childhood Education Certificate program's online courses, view courses.

Admissions

As an applicant for the Early Childhood Education Certificate online program, you must hold a bachelor's degree in Education or a related field.

To learn more about our online certificate program admission requirements view admissions.

Tuition

As a student in the EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online program, you can pay for each course as you enroll. There is a $75 non-refundable application fee. Tuition is the same for students living inside Washington or outside the state.

To learn more about our online certificate program tuition, view tuition.

Calendar

With seven start dates each year, the EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online program is convenient to begin. Before starting the program, you should consider application date deadlines, turn in all required documentation and fees, register for classes and pay tuition to begin on your desired start date.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for our Early Childhood Education Certificate online, view calendar.

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Courses


The EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online curriculum is comprised of nine courses for a total of 30 credits.

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Early Childhood Education Certificate
Notes Course Number and Title Credits
Specialization EDUC 581 - The Science of Early Childhood Development: Risk and Resilience 4
EDUC 582 - Curriculum and Practice in Early Childhood education 4
EDUC 583 - The Intentional Teacher 4
EDUC 584 - Positive Learning Environments for Young Children 4
EDUC 585 - Family Engagement, Systems and Theory 4
EDUC 586 - Early Childhood Leadership, Policy and Practice 4
EDUC 633 - ECE Portfolio 2
EDUC 631 - ECE Internship I 2
EDUC 632 - ECE Internship II 2
Total Credits 30

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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Admissions


Let's get started! The admission process is the first step toward earning your EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online. Familiarize yourself with these requirements for this online certificate, along with information on required documents.

Early Childhood Education Certificate Online 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

Have a question? Call us at 800-826-3411.

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Tuition


Tuition for the EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate online program is the same for in-state and out-of-state students. All fees are included.

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


The EWU Early Childhood Education Certificate program is delivered in an online format ideal for working professionals, conveniently featuring multiple start dates each year. Choose the start date that's best for you.

Session Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall I 9/21/2020 9/7/2020 9/14/2020 9/16/2020 9/19/2020 11/1/2020
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
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