Early childhood education is the foundation upon which every child builds. Providing that foundation ignites a desire for learning that is paramount for young children. Recognizing the need for more caring educational leaders like you, the University of Central Missouri launched an innovative graduate program.
UCM’s Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education graduate certificate program is specifically designed to support candidates who want to take the next step in progressing their careers. You’ll enhance your teaching skills and increase your marketability as you prepare for a leadership role in early childhood education.
Early education leaders are the key to accessible and inclusive learning. This graduate certificate program curriculum is focused on teaching and leading 21st-century education. At UCM, we support and engage early childhood educators by promoting student learning, development and achievement. All courses are approved by the Missouri Department of Higher Education.
The University of Central Missouri is the only institution in the state to offer an Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education graduate certificate.
Continuously accredited by the CAEP
100% online graduate program
Only grad certificate of its kind in MO
150-year tradition in education
Courses approved by MO Dept of Higher Ed
Aligns with ECYP and NAEYC standards
UCM’s Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education certificate aligns with the Core Competencies for Early Childhood and Youth Professionals Missouri and Kansas. It also meets the revised 2020 National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Professional Standards.
Our focused courses offer opportunities for you to practice your teaching strategies and sharpen your leadership skills. To complete your Advanced Teaching certificate, you’ll take innovative courses such as:
Direct Pathway to a Master’s in Early Childhood Education
With your Advanced Teaching Certificate, you’ll be eligible to complete an additional 15 credit hours to earn the full MSE in Early Childhood Education from UCM. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, completing a master’s degree can qualify you for jobs that pay as much as 26% more per year.
Your University of Central Missouri’s Advanced Teaching Certificate will help you pursue leadership roles beyond the classroom. Gain hands-on, real-world experience to grow as an educator:
UCM created the Advanced Teaching graduate certificate in response to the changing landscape of elementary education and an increasing demand for education leaders within the early childhood profession.
Investing in your career opens new pathways to you as an educator:
Earning your graduate certificate also gives you the opportunity to accelerate completion of your master’s degree for a second credential.
Advancement opportunities for early childhood educators
Explore more career paths and salary potential in early childhood education using the interactive tool below.
Gaining a graduate education shouldn’t jeopardize your financial future. At the University of Central Missouri, we’re committed to helping you achieve your goals in a cost-effective way.
UCM’s tuition is lower than those offered by many colleges in Missouri — and the national average.
For degree-seeking students, financial aid is available in several forms:
You may also qualify for funding specifically for students in Early Childhood Education. Learn more about program-specific scholarships with the UCM Scholarship Finder.
Once you’ve earned your Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education certificate at UCM, you’ll have the opportunity to count those course credits toward a Master of Science in Education:
You may also be interested in the following graduate certificate instead of, or in addition to, UCM’s Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education graduate certificate:
In order to be accepted into this graduate certificate program, you must have
Advanced Teaching in Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate students will:
These outcomes are aligned with the following: