Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education / Emergent Inquiry
East Tennessee State University

Program Details

The online Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education in Emergent Inquiry is open to students with bachelor or master’s degrees in Early Childhood or related fields.  The curriculum articulates the social, cultural, and educational history of emergent inquiry and Reggio-inspired early childhood education, modeling scientific inquiry as an approach to teaching, learning, and problem solving in early childhood classrooms.  Coursework is inspired by the Italian schools of Reggio Emilia while educating early childhood teachers and teacher leaders.


  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution in a related field
  • Official transcripts
  • Statement of intent/purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

Special Accreditation

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges