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Certification courses in this Graduate Certificate are identical to the accelerated Teach in 12 program and are offered online, blended, and with local field experience and teaching practicums. Learn More
The impact of early learning experiences for children from birth through grade three is far-reaching and the need for passionate qualified educators in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Special Education is growing. The Early Childhood Teacher Certification program is designed for students who are interested in obtaining Missouri teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. The certification in Early Childhood Education prepares educators to work in the early childhood field in a variety of roles and a variety of contexts (i.e. classroom teachers in regular and inclusive settings, Center directors, and children’s organizations) and other positions that require certification within the public and private school systems.
The Early Childhood program prepares educators through a program based upon knowledge of what constitutes best practices for teaching young children within inclusive settings and supporting their families. The program addresses the areas of child development, curriculum emergence and development, developmentally appropriate practice, differentiated learning, diversity, advocacy and family partnerships. Students have opportunities to apply their acquired knowledge in a variety of field and community based experiences offered as part of their professional course work from the very first courses. These experiences take place in a variety of community agencies including United Way organizations, St. Louis educational and cultural institutions, studio schools, the University Child Development Center (UCDC), and preschools and elementary schools in the metropolitan St. Louis area.
Our teacher programs offer unique capstone experiences, two practica in “Studio Schools.” These are schools and districts where design happens, using a “differentiated staffing” plan. Specifically, teacher candidates will work in the school site as a faculty member, planning and teaching to provide in-depth support, flexibility, and intervention for pre K–12 students where it’s needed. The focus of this model is on K–12 student learning. Teacher candidates, supported by the supervisor and school site mentor, will impact Pre K–12 students in multiple, varied and wide ranging grade level, achievement and subject specific contexts. These can include small group settings, whole class lessons, enrichment and support lessons all focused learning experiences.
This program of study is for individuals with a Bachelor's degree who would like to prepare for teacher certification in Early Childhood Education. This graduate certificate program option leads to Missouri Initial Professional Teacher Certification in Early Childhood Education Birth-3rd.
Admission Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Teacher Certification:
|Related Area Requirements|
|TCH ED 6565||Enriching Learning through Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health||1|
|TCH ED 6566||Cross-Curricular Connections with Multicultural Arts, Music, Physical Education & Health||1|
|TCH ED 5310A||Instructional Design: Lesson Planning for Teachers||1|
|ED PSY 6215||Psychology Of Early Childhood Development||3|
|ED PSY 6030||Instruction, Learning And Assessment||3|
|ECH ED 6412||Foundations Of Early Childhood Education||3|
|SPEC ED 6412||Psychology Of Exceptional Children||3|
|ED TECH 6135||Technology for Preparing Inquiry-Based Teaching||1|
|ELE ED 6337||Teaching and Learning Literacy in Elementary Classrooms||4|
|SPEC ED 6325||Advanced Studies in Classroom & Behavior Management||3|
|ELE ED 6338||Literacy Assessment for Guided Instruction||3|
|ECH ED 6348||Understanding and Supporting Children's Math and Science Inquiry||2|
|ECH ED 6535||Assessment Curriculum and Research Based Practice Birth through Grade Three||2|
|ECH ED 6536||Early Childhood Pre-Primary Practicum||2|
|ECH ED 5989||Practicum I: Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience||2|
|ECH ED 5990||Practicum II: Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education Site Based Experience||8|
|TCH ED 5001||Advanced Mid-Level Clinical Experience: Diverse Learners||1|