Early Childhood Education (Micro Credential)

The Early Childhood Education Micro credential was created due to a growing need for high quality education for children before reaching a PK-12 school.  One way to increase the quality of early childhood programs is to offer courses to practicing day care directors and educators through a micro credential.  This micro credential consists of early childhood courses that use Project Construct, a constructivist framework that encourages children to pose questions, explore, investigate, and defend their ideas through hands on experiences.

Required Coursework9-10
EDU 300Introduction to Early Childhood Education3
EDU 334Play-Based Instruction3
EDU 314Issues & Trends in the Education of Young Children and the Management of Programs for Young Children3
or EDU 316 Organizing, Developing, and Managing Environments for Young Children
EDU 379Project Construct Coaching Practicum1

Program Requirements

1. A grade of C or higher in all courses.

2. Admission to the Education Department.  EDU 202 Introduction to Education and EDU 203 Participation in Teaching I will be waived as prerequisites for micro credential courses.

University Requirements

1. Earn a minimum of 9 credit hours.

2. Earn an overall GPA of at least 2.0 in the required coursework.

3. Transfer coursework will not be accepted for a micro credential.

4. Degree-seeking students cannot earn a micro credential in the same area as their major, emphasis, or concentration.

5. Degree-seeking students must earn a minimum of 3 credit hours beyond their major, emphasis, concentration, and general studies requirements.