Degree Program Overview

The Early Childhood Education Certificate offers additional coursework in Early Childhood Education to public and private school teachers, administrators, and support professionals who hold a baccalaureate degree and who are seeking additional knowledge and training in the field of Early Childhood Education. This Certificate can be used as an area of emphasis in some M.Ed programs within the College of Education.

This certificate has been approved by the Higher Education Coordinating Board and is awarded by Sam Houston State University.

Most of the courses in the program are online.  Occasionally, a face-to-face course may be offered at The Woodlands Center.

The mission of the Early Childhood Education program is to provide a rigorous competency-based program that emphasizes specialized knowledge of child development (birth through age 8), families and communities, pedagogy, assessment, professional ethics and academic disciplines for planning and implementing culturally relevant environments and curriculum that both supports and challenges young children.

This Graduate Certificate is eligible to receive Title IV funding – Direct Unsubsidized Loans and Graduate PLUS loans by request. To be considered for aid, students need to submit a FAFSA.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Certificate Summary
Catalog Entry Graduate Certificate
Length 12 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Costs Rates Per Semester
Admission Requirements Application Materials

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