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Graduate Certificates - Early Childhood Teacher


Maine has a new requirement for teachers in public pre-K programs to hold an early childhood teaching endorsement.  The University of Maine is offering a 12-credit graduate certificate to support teachers with K-8 certifications earn the  081 endorsement.  The graduate certificate in Early Childhood Education includes the following courses (all offered online):

  • Science for the Young Child
  • Numeracy for the Young Child
  • Infant and Toddler Development
  • Early Childhood Special Education

In addition to these courses, teachers must take (or have taken as part of their K-8 certification):

  • Children’s literature
  • Language and literacy in early childhood
  • Child development or developmental psychology
  • 6 additional credits in early childhood education including: family studies, creative arts, observation of young children, assessment of young children, advanced child development
  • Early learning environments
  • Additional early literacy coursework
  • Praxis 2 (test # 0021) must be passed with a score of 166 or better

To learn more about this graduate certificate and discuss options for articulating the credits into graduate degrees, please contact the College of Education.

Fall 2013 Spring 2014 Summer 2014 Fall 2014 Spring 2015
HUD 529 CHF 450 HUD 521 HUD 529 CHF 450
SEI 501


Note: If courses offered at the beginning of the rotation will not be offered again (i.e. repeated) within the 5-semester time frame, please indicate that fact.

Course titles:

HUD 529:       Numeracy for the Young Child.  3 cr.

CHF 450:        Early Childhood Special Education-Inclusion in the Early Childhood Classroom.  3 cr.

HUD 521:       Science as Inquiry: Teaching Young Children.  3 cr.

SEI 501:         Diversity of Development in Infancy and Early Childhood.  3 cr.


Mary Ellin Logue, College of Education

Julie DellaMattera, College of Education

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