Sep 28, 2021  
2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Certificate

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This program is on hiatus and will not be offered in the 2020-21 academic year.

Designed for working professionals, the ECE Certificate is a 12-unit, one-year fully online program created to provide essential professional development for early childhood education providers and program directors, transitional kindergarten teachers, and early elementary teachers. The Certificate qualifies students for the Site Supervisor California Child Development Permit (and all levels below), as well as meets the new ECE requirements for transitional kindergarten teachers. (Please note: the Certificate does not qualify holders to teach in special education classrooms.)

This Summer-start, Special Sessions program is a partnership between the School of Education and the School of Extended & International Education (SEIE). As a self-support program, unique, separate fees are charged on a per-unit basis for all courses required for this program. These fees are set annually by the SSU President. Information about fees, admission requirements, and student support services is available through SEIE. Academic criteria for the program are determined in accordance with all applicable SSU and CSU policies. Certificates are awarded by the School of Education.

Learning Outcomes

Students use advanced theory and research to develop teaching strategies and curriculum for existing work settings or in approved field sites. Students will

  • Extend their understanding of children’s characteristics and needs and the multiple interacting influences on children’s development and learning
  • Create environments that are healthy, respectful, supportive, and challenging for each child
  • Recognize the importance of and complex characteristics of children’s families and communities; foster respectful, reciprocal relationships that support and empower families and engage them in their children’s development and learning
  • Understand the goals, benefits, and uses of assessment; use effective assessment strategies in partnership with families and other professionals to positively influence the development of every child
  • Design, implement, and evaluate a meaningful, challenging curriculum that promotes comprehensive developmental and learning outcomes for every young child.

Requirements for Admission

Prospective students must have the following:

  • A Bachelor’s degree in any subject, completed no later than the Fall semester previous to admission;
  • A GPA of at least 2.75 (B-) over the last 60 units;
  • At least one 3-unit course on child development theory and milestones at a 3.0 (B) or better; and
  • Regular access to high-speed internet service and webcam capability
  • Ability to work in an online environment

Requirements for Certificate

All certificate courses must be completed with a C or better. Students who complete the ECE Certificate and who subsequently accepted into the SSU program leading to a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education may apply the Certificate courses EDEC 531 EDEC 532 , and EDEC 538  towards partial fulfillment of the requirements for that program. To be accepted for this purpose, these classes must be completed with a grade of B or better. Please note there is a seven-year limit on coursework that can be counted for a Master’s degree, so plan accordingly. Students wishing to use these units toward other Master’s programs should consult with their target institution.


Total units needed for the Certificate: 12

Application and Contact Information

For application and contact information, please visit the website for the Early Childhood Education Online Certificate Program:

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