Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education
California University of Pennsylvania

Program Details

The online Early Childhood Education graduate certificate program is designed for people who are interested in earning additional certification in early childhood education. By using knowledge about child development, families, and useful and proven teaching applications, students will improve the quality of educational settings.  Graduates have the professional expertise needed to meet the specific needs of children and work with parents and other adults to nurture children's physical, social, emotional and intellectual growth.


  • An official transcript reflecting a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
  • A copy of all current professional teaching certificates held
  • A current resume documenting professional work experience with children including ages/grades
  • Minimum undergraduate 2.80 GPA, or 3.00 GPA in the last 48 college credits, verified with official transcripts
  • The program is open to students with a bachelor's, master's or doctorate degree with elementary, early childhood, or special education teaching certification
  • Previous teaching experience is not required, but teaching certification is required for admission
  • The program coordinator and faculty will determine final recommendation for admission to the program

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Middle States Commission on Higher Education