High quality early education is essential for children, particularly children at risk due to developmental concerns or poverty, to reach their potential. This fully online certificate provides specialized knowledge and skills to help professionals in early childhood and related services understand the context and practice of high quality early education.

In recent years, the importance of effective early education and care has gained a great deal of attention, particularly in policy circles. As a result, a significant need for professionals with specialized knowledge and skills to meet the early educational needs of young children and their families has arisen. This program provides training and skill development in 4 core areas related to early childhood education: developmentally appropriate curriculum, assessment, working with families of young children, and policy and transition in early childhood.

The potential students of this online graduate degree include teachers already working in the field that wish to become leaders, students interested in early learning with the flexibility of online courses, state college graduates with an earned Bachelor’s Degree that wish to articulate into this graduate program. Please contact  Dr. Tara Mathien at tmathien@coe.ufl.edu for more information.

Program Curriculum

All the courses listed are required for completion of the certificate.
However, students may enroll in any of the courses outlined as part of their coursework in other graduate level studies.

Required Courses

  • EEC 6205 Early Childhood Curriculum
  • EEC 6933 Assessment and Evaluation in Early Childhood Educational Practice
  • EEC 6933 Families in Early Childhood Education
  • EEC 6933 Policy and Transition in Early Childhood Educational Practice

Please note the following University of Florida Graduate School certificate requirements:

  1. No course substitutions are permitted for certificates
  2. No transfer credits are permitted for certificates
  3. Students must apply and be accepted into a certificate program BEFORE they have earned half the required courses (in our case, before 6 hours are earned)
  4. Students must apply to receive their certificate in the semester in which they plan to finish it

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    Program Requirement

    For additional question or concerns or to check on the status of your application please email GradAdmissions@coe.ufl.edu.

    Program Highlight

    Entry: Any Semester
    Typical Course Load: 4 courses
    Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
    Application Deadline: November 15th for spring admission; March 15th for fall admission
    Average Class Size: Not Applicable
    Program Completion: 2 semesters