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2021-2022 Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate (50-6850) (15 hours)

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Student Learning Outcomes - A student with a Graduate Certificate in Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education will use the knowledge and skills obtained in the program to:

  • Apply research-based procedures, using their own knowledge, appropriate early learning standards, high leverage practices, innovative resources to design, implement, and evaluate use of engaging and challenging curriculum for early learners.
  • Develop a pedagogy of caring by 1) recognizing the characteristics of caring; 2) classifying pervasive teacher attitudes and expectations that impact caring; and 3) recognizing how the effects of teacher-student interactions on student outcomes can lead to culturally responsive teaching.
  • Plan and program STEM activities for children through intentional teaching, inquiry units, play and everyday routines.
  • Analyze and use relevant theories and research to demonstrate the understanding that positive relationships, supportive interactions, and engaging instructional experiences build effective classroom environments.
  • The professional teacher engages in professional conversations with colleagues focusing on current issues in early childhood education to support 21st century teaching and learning.

This certificate is designed to support and enhance teaching skills within early childhood education. The Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education Certificate aligns with the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Professionals (Missouri and Kansas) and the revised 2020 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Standards and Competencies for Early Childhood Educators. The certificate consists of Master’s level Early Childhood Education courses approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education. This certificate is designed to support and engage early childhood educators in the classroom promoting learning, development, achievement, and well-being of each early childhood student.

Admission Requirements:

  • A minimum 2.5 GPA on any courses completed prior to admission.
  • Completed bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field of study.

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