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.


  • A bachelor or master’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field (Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.) Two years of experience working with young children (birth through 8 years) are preferred
  • Two letters of recommendation

Special Accreditation

Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation

School Accreditation Statement

Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges