Certificate in Early Childhood Education Foundations


The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Foundations will prepare you to work with children from pre-kindergarten to third grade. Coursework will cover 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. Program courses help students learn to recognize and adapt to students’ needs, interests and readiness levels through innovative, research-based pedagogical practices.

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 (initial licensure program) at Trinity.

Courses are taught by faculty with extensive experience in education policy and leadership and are designed to provide you with the content knowledge and skills needed to take on leadership roles that include increased responsibilities in research, instructional design, and program evaluation.

Program Requirements

Core Requirements (18 credits)

EDCC 510 Human Growth and Development
EDCC 530 Education of Exceptional Children and Youth
EDCC 541 Foundations of Education and the Art of Teaching and Learning
EDCC 606 Assessment and Preparation of Individualized Learning Prescriptions
EDTE 611 Literacy Development Across the Curriculum
EDTE 627 Literacy Assessment and Instruction for Emergent and Early Readers

Program Policies

Transfer Credit Policy: Transfer credits may be accepted for a post-baccalaureate certificate program if they meet the student’s planned degree program just as they are for graduate degree programs. Students may transfer up to six total credits in alignment with the certificate curriculum. All other Trinity transfer credit policies apply.

Stackable Credential: Trinity certificate courses may be applied to degree programs depending on the graduate degree program. Students enrolled in degree programs at Trinity may simultaneously pursue a certificate and these courses will count toward both credentials.

Academic Standing: Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the post-baccalaureate certificate program and may count no more than one course in which a “C” was earned toward the post-baccalaureate certificate. Courses in the certificate programs are repeatable. Satisfactory academic progress is a criterion for the award of financial aid. Students not making academic progress will be referred to their academic advisor for academic counseling. All other Trinity academic policies and procedures apply to certificate courses.