Early Childhood Education, Graduate Certificate

The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education may also be completed as an area of emphasis within the M.A. in Education. This certificate is designed for licensed elementary teachers seeking to add an endorsement in early education. The goal of this certificate is to strengthen knowledge of child development, related teaching practices, and program administration specific to the education of young children. Satisfactory completion of the certificate program and state licensure requirements leads to the addition of PreK-K to an existing, current, regular, elementary education teaching license.

Teacher Licensure

A teacher with a valid West Virginia professional license who wants to add another teaching endorsement may do so by completing the course requirements, a performance assessment at the appropriate grade level, and, where specified, acceptable scores on the appropriate Praxis II test. Applicants from other states should verify eligibility for added endorsements through their state’s Department of Education.

Prospective certificate-only students should apply for admission to Marshall University as a Certificate/Professional Development student and select, on the application form, the certificate they wish to pursue. Applicants must have:

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution with an undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.50 or higher on a 4.0 scale; or
  • A master’s degree from an accepted, regionally accredited institution.

Applicants may be asked to submit additional materials, such as documentation of current teacher licensure, before an admission decision is made.

The certificate requires completion of 21 hours, including a 3-hour clinical experience, and passing the Education of Young Children Praxis II Test. 

CI 632Early Childhood Programs3
CI 633Adult Involve in Early Ed3
CI 634Lang/Cog Early Childhood3
ECE 535Adm Early Child Programs3
EDF 513Human Growth Dev Birth-8 Yr3
CI 630Practicum Early Childhood Ed3
One of the following:3
Appli Software Class Curr Area
Instructional Design & Tech
Using Internet in Classroom
Total Credit Hours21