Early Childhood Education Certificate of Advanced Study
Why Earn a Early Childhood Education Certificate of Advanced Study?
The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in Early Childhood Education is a post-master’s program that is in clear alignment with the mission and vision of the university and the College of Education and is responsive to the needs of early childhood professionals. This 30-unit post-master’s certificate program is designed to address the need for increasing professionalism and leadership for those who work in variety of settings with young children from birth through age 8 and their families.
The C.A.S. will prepare graduate students to assume greater roles as advocates and policy specialists, administrators, family specialists, master teachers, researchers and teacher educators, and may lead to later doctoral study. Guiding principles for the C.A.S., as for the M.Ed., include an interdisciplinary perspective, collaboration, mentoring, professional dispositions and advocacy, with a foundation of the most current knowledge base in Early Childhood and best practice for all young children and families, consistent with national professional standards and positions.
The C.A.S. in Early Childhood Education is a 30-unit program aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Advanced Professional Preparation in Early Childhood Education and structured to reflect advanced areas of specialization for professionals in the field. Individualized as well as interdisciplinary, the program is based on an 18-unit core of required courses and a 12-unit Area of Focus to be selected by the candidate. The Core includes 6 units of internship aligned with the Area of Focus.