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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education

Program Details

National University offers an online Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education, designed to meet the State of California Child Development Permit Matrix requirements, but does not confer a credential or licensure. The degree offers a sequence of courses specializing in early childhood teaching for children from birth to age 8.

Non residents of California should consult their state to determine specific requirements of employment.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Overall GPA of 2.5 or better, or GPA of 2.75 or higher in the last 90 quarter units (Applicants not meeting GPA may submit satisfactory score from GRE, GMAT, MAT or approved exam.)
  • College transcript(s)
  • Individual degree programs may have additional admission requirements.

Accreditation & Licensing

Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Senior College and University Commission

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)