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.… Read more

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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Tufts University - Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Medford, USA

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

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. -
Certificate
Online & Campus Combined
Part-time
English
Aug 2020
01 Aug 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
International Montessori Institute
Vilafant, Spain +3 More

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 ... +

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. This program is taught completely in Spanish -
Certificate
Full-time
Spanish, English, Italian, Chinese
04 May 2020
Online
 
Stenberg College
Surrey, Canada

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

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. -
Certificate
Full-time
69 weeks
English
May 2020
Campus
 
Exeed School of Business and Finance
Sharjah, United Arab Emirates +3 More

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for working with children between the age of their birth and five years. It gives you the knowledge to handle and cater to ... +

The purpose of this qualification is to prepare you for working with children between the age of their birth and five years. It gives you the knowledge to handle and cater to the needs of children up to seven years. This qualification is also a gateway to Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care or the Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce. -
Certificate
Full-time
3 months
English
Campus
 
University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
Toowoomba, Australia +2 More

The Graduate Certificate of Education provides flexibility for students to select courses that best advance their applied knowledge and skills in relation to advancing their c ... +

The Graduate Certificate of Education provides flexibility for students to select courses that best advance their applied knowledge and skills in relation to advancing their careers. The Graduate Certificate of Education also provides a pathway into the USQ Education Master’s portfolio. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
6 - 24 months
English
Campus
Online
 
Southern Cross Education Institute
Melbourne, Australia +1 More

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. -
Certificate
Full-time
34 weeks
English
Jan 2021
Campus
 
Polk State College
Lakeland, USA +3 More

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

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. -
Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Kensington and Chelsea College
London, United Kingdom

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 Engli ... +

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 English. This course is a one year course. -
Certificate
Part-time
35 weeks
English
Campus
 
Campus Universitario Europeo
A Coruña, Spain +2 More

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

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 -
Postgraduate Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
6 months
Sep 2020
Online
 
Piedmont University Online
Greensboro, USA

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

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. -
Certificate
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
Bow Valley College
Calgary, Canada

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.

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. -
Certificate
Full-time
8 months
English
Campus
 
UMaineOnline (University of Maine)
Orono, USA

Maine has established a new requirement that teachers working in public school Pre-K classrooms must hold, or be working toward, Endorsement 081: Early Childhood Teacher. K-8 ... +

Maine has established a new requirement that teachers working in public school Pre-K classrooms must hold, or be working toward, Endorsement 081: Early Childhood Teacher. K-8 certified teachers can apply for the four required courses in this certificate in partial fulfillment of the State’s requirements for the 081 endorsements. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
Part-time
English
Sep 2020
Online
 
Alabama State University The Harold Lloyd Murphy Graduate School
Montgomery, USA

The College of Education (COE) seeks to prepare teachers, instructional support personnel and other professionals to be decision makers who are equipped with the knowledge, sk ... +

The College of Education (COE) seeks to prepare teachers, instructional support personnel and other professionals to be decision makers who are equipped with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to ethically and effectively integrate theory and practice their professions. -
Graduate Certificate
Full-time
English
Campus
 
University Preparation College
Bankstown, Australia +1 More

This qualification provides workers looking to work with children in a supervised or unsupervised capacity with an understanding of child-centred approaches, knowledge about l ... +

This qualification provides workers looking to work with children in a supervised or unsupervised capacity with an understanding of child-centred approaches, knowledge about learning and development, and using organisation policies, procedures and individual children’s profiles to plan activities and provide care to children, facilitating their leisure and play and enabling the children to achieve their physical and mental development. -
Certificate
Online & Campus Combined
Full-time
9 months
English
27 Apr 2020
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
International Montessori Institute
Vilafant, Spain +3 More

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 ... +

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”. This program is taught completely in Spanish -
Certificate
Full-time
2 years
Spanish, Chinese, English
04 May 2020
Online
 

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