Early Childhood Education

Program Coordinator: Dr. Bizunesh Wubie
Graduate College 213

Available Online




Program Overview:
The graduate certificate program in Early Childhood Education  is designed for certified/licensed elementary education teachers who intend to  add  a Pre-K-K endorsement to their  professional  licensure.  The certificate  requires 21 credit hours of course work.

Program Highlights:

  • The Certificate combines theory, research, and practical applications to child development and early childhood education.
  • This program is available completely online.

Gainful Employment Program Disclosure:

  • Student pursuing the graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education are eligible for federal financial aid providing they takes at least 4.5 hours (1/2 time enrollment) in a semester.
  • Under the Code of Federal Regulations 668.6B, the following information is provided to prospective students seeking only the certificate (not simultaneously with a degree) to help them make informed decisions about this program, which does not lead to a degree. NOTE: Standard Occupational Classification (“SOC”) codes are issued by the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor. The SOC is linked to the occupational profile on O*NET, the nation’s primary source of occupational information.

Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education 25-2021
Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education   Bright Outlook 25-2011
Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education 25-2012

Standard Time to Completion: 2-3 semesters.

Cost of books and supplies (estimate): $250

Information about Students who have Completed the Certificate-Only Program in the Most Recent Full Year (December 2010-August 2011):
NOTE: On-Time Completion Rate is the percentage of students who graduated between December 2010-August 2011, who completed this program in the normal completion time.

  • Number of certificate-only students enrolled: 4
  • Number of certificate-only students completing: 0 (note this is a 21 credit hour program)
  • On-Time Completion Rate: NA
  • Job Placement Rate: (most will complete the certificate while already employed)
  • Median Loan Debt:

Curriculum:  7 courses | 21 credits | 3 credit courses
CI 632 Early Childhood Education: Early Childhood Programs
CI 633 Early Childhood Education: Adult Involvement in Early Education.
CI 634 Language and Cognition in Early Childhood
ECE 535 Administration of Early Childhood Programs
EDF 513 Human Growth and Development Birth-8
CI 630 Early Childhood Education: Practicum in Early Childhood Education
CIEC 534 Applications Software in the Classroom Curriculum Area
CIEC 600 Instructional Design and Technology
CIEC 635 Using the Internet in the Classroom


Certificate Application Essentials:
How to apply:

  • Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select the Early Childhood Education Certificate on the application form.
  • Applicants should follow the admissions process described in the Graduate Catalog, or at the Graduate Admissions website.
  • Students can pursue the graduate certificate while enrolled in the master’s program in Elementary or Secondary Education by submitting a Secondary Program Request form:
  • Applicants must hold a valid K-6 or K-8 professional license.

Deadline for Application: December 1 (Spring semester); August 1 (Fall Semester); May 1 (Summer)