Early Childhood Education

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
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Creating a positive learning environment that facilitates a child’s health and well-being is essential to early childhood education. The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Education will provide you with an overview of the social, physical, cognitive and emotional development of children pre-K through grade three and the foundational theories for educating children at this age in today’s diverse society.

Basis of Admissions

A completed bachelor’s level or higher degree from an accredited institution or university is required. Credit hours from another university or institution cannot be transferred towards a post-baccalaureate certificate program.

Post-baccalaureate certificates transfer into a master’s degree sequence.

Completion Period for Post-Baccalaureate Certificates

Northcentral allows 2 years to complete all post-baccalaureate certificate programs. Post-baccalaureate certificate courses in the School of Education are eight weeks in length.

Certificate Courses - 12 credit hours

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Course Description


Foundations of Early Childhood Education

In this course, students will examine the historical, theoretical, and developmental foundations of education for students in Pre-K through grade three. An emphasis will be placed on theoretical perspectives related to early childhood development, including students with exceptional needs and English Language Learners. Course activities include investigating a variety of historical and contemporary models, educational concepts, and practices essential to developmentally appropriate classrooms, delivery systems, and educational innovations. It is strongly encouraged that students pursuing a specialization in ECE take this as their first specialization course.


Growth and Development of Young Children

Students enrolled in this course will explore theories and research related to the education of young children. The intellectual, social, emotional, and physical growth and development of infants, toddlers, and young children will be examined. Implications for the construction of developmentally appropriate early childhood education instructional programs will be a resulting focus.


Children and Families in a Diverse Society

In this course, multicultural and anti-bias issues in early childhood settings are introduced. Students will explore culturally relevant methods for working with children and families. Upon completion of this course, students will have a comprehensive understanding of multi-cultural, bilingual, and anti-bias issues, and appropriate strategies for providing culturally relevant programs in an early childhood setting.


Foundations of Language Literacy

This course will assist educators in learning more about the foundations of language development and the impact language acquisition has on literacy learning. Educators will be asked to reflect on their own understanding of language development and reflect on their teaching of language.

At Northcentral University, we pride ourselves in being completely transparent when it comes to tuition and fees. If a cost is not included in our Cost Per Course Tuition Rate, we let you know up front. Currently, the only additional cost above your program rate* is books. Learn more about NCU School of Education's post-baccalaureate certificate costs below:

  • Per credit cost: $628
  • Per 3 credit course cost: $1,884
  • Program cost: $7,886
  • Average book cost per course: $110
  • Application Fee: $0
  • Learning Management Fee (one-time per program): $350
  • Registration Fee: $0

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*Program rates are subject to change and generally increase at the start of each calendar year.

Total program costs reflected are calculated based on standard degree program credits exclusive of the program’s potential evaluation track. The actual cost of a program is determined based upon the program and track the student enters, transfer credits if any, and other unique student factors.For more information: please contact Admissions or refer to the catalog.

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