College of Education2016-2017

Department of Teaching and Learning

Early Childhood Education, Undergraduate Certificate

The undergraduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education is offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning.

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What Can I Do with a Certificate in Early Childhood Education?

This certificate includes early chldhood courses and practica that lead to an Arizona State Department of Education Early Childhood Endorsement. The endorsement, along with a valid Elementary or Special Education teaching certificate, licenses teachers for birth through 3rd grade classrooms. This certificate program is an optional concentration area for Elementary Education majors. Each of the classes in this program has been selected to meet the specific requirements of the AZ State Board of Education for early childhood teaching.


University Requirements

  • To receive an undergraduate certificate (at least 15 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0.

    Please be aware that federal financial aid is not available for some certificates, if the certificate is pursued and completed as a stand-alone certificate (i.e., not completed concurrently with a degree program). See the "Details" tab for additional information.

Overview

In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 37
Additional Admission Requirements Required
Fieldwork Experience/Internship Required
Student Teaching/Supervised Teaching Required

Details

Additional Admission Requirements
  • Admission requirements over and above admission to NAU are required.
Certificate Requirements
  • Take the following 37 units:

    • ECI 305 (3 units)
    • ECI 308 (1 unit)
    • ECI 312, ECI 313, ECI 314, ECI 315 (12 units)
    • ECI 408 (3 units)
    • ESE 436 (3 units)
    • Select one: ECI 311, ECI 316 (3 units)
    • You must also student teach in a K-3 setting. Your student teaching for the Early Childhood Education Certificate meets the student teaching requirements for the B.S. Ed. Elementary degree. (12 units)
  • If you are majoring in elementary education, you can count this certificate as a concentration toward your degree requirements.

    The Early Childhood Education Certificate coursework can also be taken by in-service teachers with degrees in elementary education who wish to become certified in birth through grade 3 to gain that endorsement through the Arizona Department of Education.

  • This certificate may be pursued and completed concurrently with a degree program or as a stand-alone certificate.  Federal financial aid cannot be used if the certificate is completed as a stand-alone certificate.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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