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Top Certificate Programs in Early Childhood Education

An academic certificate is a document that shows that the student has completed a set of educational requirements in a discipline. The programs are a good starting point for entry into a particular field.

So what is a certificate in early childhood education? Early childhood programs don’t just focus on preschoolers; certificate seekers will usually learn to work with children up to age 12. Fields of study include child development, emotional health, ethical issues, lesson plan creation, and teaching skills. Many programs include a work placement or practicum portion for learning hands-on skills directly in a childcare environment.

A certificate in early childhood education creates a pathway toward working in high-quality preschools and primary schools. It allows the student to understand the most current thinking in the education of young children. A certificate holder may gain access to higher-paying jobs than a caregiver without an academic record.  

Obtaining a certificate generally takes less than a year and is available at institutions worldwide. Costs vary widely depending on the program and the school, and it is best to contact the college directly.

Career opportunities in the field of early childhood education are expanding rapidly, thanks to a shifting emphasis toward high-quality programs and the implementation of no-cost preschool offered by many governments. Earning a certificate could allow the holder to become a licensed childcare provider or educator. These positions work under the supervision of other educational professionals in childcare locations such as daycares, preschools, early intervention programs, and primary schools. Non-caregiving positions are available with therapists, local governments, and religious organizations. A certificate in early childhood education is also attractive to employers of professional nannies.

Online courses and part-time programs are available for people seeking a flexible program. This makes it easy to enhance your education while continuing to work. Search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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17 Results in Early Childhood Education

Campus Universitario Europeo

Originating from the Latin word infantia, childhood is the period of human life from birth to puberty.The concept allows you to name the set of children of that age ... [+]

Expert - Monitor School Meal and Leisure Originating from the Latin word infantia, childhood is the period of human life since are born until puberty. The concept allows you to name the set of children of that age (Infants) and the first state of a thing after birth or foundation (for example, "the childhood of an institution"). During this period it will be vital insight into the necesidas and obligations from the smallest to offer an education and a series of essential values for proper physical and emotional development. To whom is it addressed? - Students of magisterium, pedagogy, psychology, special education ... - Teachers - Educators, psychologists, poricultoras ...

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Spain Marbella A Coruña Madrid
September 2019
Full-time
Part-time
6 months
Online
Polk State College

The Preschool Certificate Program provides college-level coursework in child development, the preschool curriculum, the classroom environment, adult-child interaction, pa ... [+]

The Preschool Certificate Program provides college-level coursework in child development, the preschool curriculum, the classroom environment, adult-child interaction, parent relationships, and other areas of child development associated with preschool children. The curriculum provides a study of the skills and information necessary for students to design a developmentally appropriate environment and curriculum for preschool children. Program courses may be applied toward the Child Care Management Certificate and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program.

This program includes the coursework required for the state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) with the completion of CHD 1380 Facilitating Development, CHD 2320 Early Childhood Curriculum, CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development, and CHD 1440 Early Learning Practicum. Students completing the Preschool Certificate Program have their records submitted by the Polk State College Early Childhood Education Program to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) to receive the FCCPC. Those students who receive the DCF-issued FCCPC are qualified to seek employment in a variety of Early Childhood job opportunities, including voluntary pre-kindergarten instruction.... [-]

USA Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Polk State College

The Child Care Center Management Certificate Program consists of coursework in leadership and administrative skills, educational programming, and financial issues associa ... [+]

The Child Care Center Management Certificate Program consists of coursework in leadership and administrative skills, educational programming, and financial issues associated with managing a quality child care program. This certificate program provides college-level instruction to prepare students for the managerial and administrative aspects of child care facilities. Courses from this certificate may be applied toward the Preschool Certificate, and the AS in Early Childhood Education and Management degree program.

This program includes coursework toward the completion of the state-approved Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) with the completion of CHD 1380 Facilitating Development, CHD 2320 Early Childhood Curriculum, and CHD 2220 Child Growth and Development. To earn the FCCPC, students also complete CHD 1440 Early Learning Practicum. The approved course for the foundation of the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) Director's Credential is CHD 2801 Overview of Child Care Management. After completing this course, students must submit an application to DCF and meet additional requirements to earn the DCF Director Credential. Students who obtain the DCF Director Credential are eligible to apply for director positions at child care facilities, or function as the directors of their own child care facilities.... [-]

USA Bartow Lake Wales Lakeland Winter Haven  + 1 More
September 2019
Full-time
Campus
Kensington and Chelsea College

This is a course for those aged 16 -18 who wish to make a career in childcare. It is a full-time course, you attend a work placement for two days a week and college for 3 ... [+]

Working with children offers a hugely rewarding career. Every child is unique, every family different, and no two days are ever the same.

Kensington and Chelsea College’s child care section offers all the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, Early Years Educator and Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications for those right at the beginning of their child care and education career right up to the popular Foundation Degree in Early Years for experienced professionals.

Most courses are available on a full time and a part-time basis. We have built excellent links with our local nurseries, playgroups, crèches and schools so we are able to advise students on securing placements, which are required for all the level 2 and 3 courses.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Full-time
35 weeks
Campus
Kensington and Chelsea College

This course is for people who are either already working with children or have already some experience of working with children and have good qualifications in Maths and ... [+]

Working with children offers a hugely rewarding career. Every child is unique, every family different, and no two days are ever the same.

Kensington and Chelsea College’s child care section offers all the Children’s and Young People’s Workforce, Early Years Educator and Supporting Teaching and Learning qualifications for those right at the beginning of their child care and education career right up to the popular Foundation Degree in Early Years for experienced professionals.

Most courses are available on a full time and a part time basis. We have built excellent links with our local nurseries, playgroups, crèches and schools so we are able to advise students on securing placements, which are required for all the level 2 and 3 courses.... [-]

United Kingdom London
September 2019
Part-time
35 weeks
Campus
Piedmont University Online

The Early Childhood Education Certification program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to maintain childcare environments for children from birth through ... [+]

Early Childhood Education Certification

The Early Childhood Education Certification program’s curriculum is designed to prepare students to maintain childcare environments for children from birth through about age eight (or third grade). Students gain an understanding of child growth and development and learn the best ways to foster children's physical, emotional and social development. Topics covered as part of an early childhood education certificate program include curriculum for young children, ethical issues, activities, theoretical approaches to early childhood education, and parental and familial involvement.

Program Competencies

The Early Childhood Education Program focuses on preparing students with a strong foundation in early childhood education by focusing on developing skills in teaching practices that relate to child development, guidance, safety, and health. Other important competencies include a focus on research skills, lesson planning and knowledge of curriculum development to meet the diverse needs of all students. The program also focuses on students developing analytical skills and awareness of current issues and challenges in early childhood education. Students are introduced to a wide range of teaching styles.... [-]

USA Greensboro
September 2019
Part-time
Online
Bow Valley College

If you love children, this is a program that will allow you to make a difference in their lives. You will learn how to nurture young minds and deliver quality care. ... [+]

EARLY LEARNING CHILD CARE CERTIFICATE

If you love children, this is a program that will allow you to make a difference in their lives. You will learn how to nurture young minds, deliver quality care and plan appropriate activities to help children grow.

The eight month (full-time) Early Learning and Child Care (ELCC) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan developmentally appropriate activities for the children in your care. You will learn child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning to support the healthy development of children through child-centered learning experiences.

EMPLOYMENT

Early childhood development workers have a wide variety of employment opportunities influenced by factors including: trends and events affecting overall employment, your location, employment turnover, occupational growth and size of the occupation. Employment turnover is expected to increase as members of the baby boom generation age.... [-]

Canada Calgary
September 2019
Full-time
8 months
Campus
Southern Cross Education Institute

This qualification covers workers who use organisation policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children. ... [+]

This qualification covers workers who use organisation policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling them to achieve their developmental outcomes. Depending on the setting, workers may work under direct supervision or autonomously.

Pathway Options

Pathways into the qualification:

Having sufficient relevant Community Services industry experience working in a support role without any formal qualifications

Pathways from the qualification:

After achieving CHC30712 Certificate III in Children Services, participants may undertake: CHC50908 Diploma of Children Services (Early Childhood Education and Care). Participants may also seek employment opportunities as detailed below in Employment Opportunities.... [-]

Australia Melbourne Adelaide
January 2020
Full-time
34 weeks
Campus
iStudy

We as parents desire to give our children the world, and now, with this course, you can do just that. We’ve collected some of the most entertaining, and yet educational, ... [+]

Course Highlights

Child Development: Discovering Educational Toys is an award winning and the best selling course that has been given the CPD Certification & CiQ GOLD accreditation. It is the most suitable course anyone looking to work in this or relevant sector.

It is considered one of the perfect courses in the UK that can help students/learners to get familiar with the topic and gain necessary skills to perform well in this field. We have packed Child Development: Discovering Educational Toys into 34modules for teaching you everything you need to become successful in this profession.

To provide you ease of access, this course is designed for both part-time and full-time students. You can become accredited in just 1 day, 6 hours hours and it is also possible to study at your own pace.... [-]

United Kingdom London
Open Enrollment
Full-time
Part-time
Online
International Montessori Institute

Students will learn the Pedagogical Principles that guide the Montessori Method. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to get a deep understandi ... [+]

Limited Places

Students will learn the Pedagogical Principles that guide the Montessori Method. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to get a deep understanding of the child development from 3 to 6, “Children’s house”.

In this e-learning training, you will be able to monitor the children and guide them, having faith in the immense value of a free activity developed with specific goals adopted by the children. Knowing that they are capable of gradually driving forward their safe development, resulting in spontaneous discoveries and conquests, in accordance with their natural rhythm and a succession of “sensitive periods”. This is linked to the particular interests of the child, which it is necessary to know how to understand and satisfy at the appropriate time, to avoid that the right moment passes without the indispensable exercise. You will also learn how to design a prepared environment, materials and daily activities and routines to lead them to acquire self-esteem, self-discipline and self-regulation to go through toddlers to adolescents.... [-]

Spain Vilafant Italy Rome Barcelona  + 1 More
April 2019
Full-time
2 years
Online
International Montessori Institute

Students will learn the Pedagogical Principles that guide the Montessori Method. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to get a deep understandi ... [+]

Limited Places

Students will learn the Pedagogical Principles that guide the Montessori Method. Upon successfully completing this course, students will be able to get a deep understanding of the child development from 0 to 3, including different complementary approaches such us Emmi Pikler’s free movement theories or Elinor Goldschmied’s vision of playing area.

We want to propose an online learning program to contribute, with concrete proposals, in order to improve the quality of the education provided in spaces of early childhood, such as Kindergarten, Montessori Moms, families or any other facilitator.

Faculty

International Montessori Institute (IMI) is a Montessori training centre with a primary purpose: to offer a classic and rigorous Montessori courses based on the main principles of Maria Montessori and adapted to the educational needs of nowadays.... [-]

Spain Vilafant Italy Rome Barcelona  + 1 More
April 2019
Full-time
1 year
Online
Stenberg College

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural grow ... [+]

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural growth. Children acquire 85% of their personality, skills, and intellect by the time they're five years old. Be a part of their education during their most formative years.

Over the course of this program, students will: Progress in written and spoken English language Learn techniques that will help children learn through play Develop skills to create a safe, healthy and stimulating childcare environment Gain the ability to provide rich learning experiences for children to set the stage for lifelong learning Facts Duration: 58 weeks, including an 8-week practicum Delivery Method: In-class Language: English Intakes: January and June Credential Awarded: Certificate Articulation/Pathway: Graduates granted transfer credits toward BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma – upon completion they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program ... [-]
Canada Surrey
June 2019
Full-time
58 weeks
Campus
Stenberg College

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural grow ... [+]

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural growth. Children acquire 85% of their personality, skills, and intellect by the time they're five years old. Be a part of their education during their most formative years.

Over the course of this program, students will: Progress in written and spoken English language Learn techniques that will help children learn through play Develop skills to create a safe, healthy and stimulating childcare environment Gain the ability to provide rich learning experiences for children to set the stage for lifelong learning Facts Duration: 94 weeks, including an 8-week practicum and a 36-week co-op Delivery Method: In-class Language: English Intakes: June Credential Awarded: Certificate Articulation/Pathway: Graduates granted transfer credits toward BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma – upon completion they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program ... [-]
Canada Surrey
June 2019
Full-time
94 weeks
Campus
Stenberg College

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural grow ... [+]

Early Childhood Educators (ECE) plan and lead activities for preschool children to encourage their intellectual, physical, emotional, social, linguistic and cultural growth. Children acquire 85% of their personality, skills, and intellect by the time they're five years old. Be a part of their education during their most formative years.

Over the course of this program, students will: Learn techniques that will help children learn through play Develop skills to create a safe, healthy and stimulating childcare environment Gain the ability to provide rich learning experiences for children to set the stage for lifelong learning Facts Duration: 76 weeks, including an 8-week practicum and a 30-week co-op Delivery Method: In-class Language: English Intakes: April and September Credential Awarded: Certificate Articulation/Pathway: Graduates granted transfer credits toward BCIT’s Business Management Advanced Diploma – upon completion they can continue to BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program ... [-]
Canada Surrey
April 2019
Full-time
76 weeks
Campus
Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

The Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade ... [+]

The Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings. Despite the national push to make technology and engineering a priority in early childhood education, research indicates that few teachers have a background that prepares them to adequately achieve this. In addition to teachers who work in formal school settings, there are a growing number of practitioners and professionals working with young children in informal educational settings such as museums, libraries, day cares, camps, maker-spaces, after school programs and other learning environments, who are feeling an increased need to integrate technology into their work with young children. The ECT certificate program is designed to meet the needs of these busy professionals by offering a blended program that is completed predominantly online (with only one on-campus requirement) at the student's own pace in order to allow participants across the U.S. and the world to increase their confidence teaching with and through new technologies.... [-]

USA Medford
September 2019
Part-time
Online & Campus Combined