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Early Childhood Education Foundations (Certificate)

18 Credits  |   Main Campus

Preparation to work with children birth to age eight while earning credits towards a future Master's Degree.

This Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Foundations prepares you to work with children from pre-kindergarten to third grade. Coursework covers how schools and families interact to influence development and learning, the foundations of how children learn, strategies to help young children acquire language and literacy skills, and techniques for observing and assessing growth. You’ll learn to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

Trinity has small class sizes for individualized attention and faculty teach foundational knowledge in an applied format, integrating your work and life experiences with the course information.

Trinity’s faculty have extensive experience in a variety of early childhood education areas and will teach you the skills needed to enhance the education of students in pre-kindergarten to third grade settings.

Credit Towards Your Future Master’s Degree

Gaining a certificate from an accredited university can advance your career and put you a step closer to earning a degree. All coursework can be transferred and applied towards a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education at Trinity.

What You’ll Learn

  • Human development from prenatal period through adulthood examining the relationships among the biological, cognitive, social, and psychological domains
  • Components of working with students with special needs, their families, and related service providers to ensure an understanding of individual learning styles
  • Learn the administration and interpretation of assessments for emergent and early literacy as a necessary component of planning effective instruction and learning opportunities

Local Internships

  • Martha’s Table
  • Gesher Jewish Day school
  • Kipp DC

Global Careers

  • Early childhood educator (teaching endorsement for grades preK-3)
  • Director of Childcare Center
  • Childcare Provider

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Education Policy

Master’s Degree
Early Childhood Education

Master’s Degree
Elementary Education

Applying to the Early Childhood Education Foundations (Certificate) Program

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