Early Childhood Education Foundations Certificate
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Undergraduate Certificate: Early Childhood Foundations
Start your early childhood education career with an Early Childhood Foundations certificate — the first of five required to earn a BA in ECE. You’ll take eight courses that study young children’s physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development. The curriculum also emphasizes ethics and trauma-informed practice.
NU — in collaboration with the National Head Start Agency (NHSA) — has created a pathway that integrates the BA in ECE degree requirements with General Education (GE) requirements to provide a more efficient and engaging path to an early childhood education degree. Certificates have themes: “Building Bridges;” “Advocate, Connect, Engage;” and “Moving Up.” Each focuses on specific content paired with GE courses to provide a more meaningful student experience.
Early childhood education certificates consist of eight courses and are usually completed in eight months. NHSA students with the CDA Credential will be eligible for credit for the following courses: ECE 201, ECE 210, and HED 220 (on the “Building Bridges” certificate). There may be other opportunities for prior learning credit in the “Moving Up” certificate.
National Head Start Agency (NHSA) students may ONLY participate in a certificate pathway to the BA ECE. See the “Certificate” section of the catalog for more detailed information.
Note: NHSA students with the CDA Credential will be eligible for credit for the following lower-division preparation-for-the-major courses: ECE 201, ECE 210, and HED 220.
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Program Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Identify essential concepts, inquiry tools, and structure of content areas and resources for early childhood education
- Develop oral, written, and technological skills for communicating with families and young children
- Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for young children
- Use systematic observations, documentation, and other assessment strategies — in partnership with families and professionals — to positively influence children’s development and learning
- Implement a curriculum that promotes development and learning outcomes for diverse young children
- Demonstrate ethical, legal, and professional standards in early childhood education
- Foster positive relationships and supportive interactions with young children
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