Program Overview

The Graduate Certificate in Child and Family Development combines web-based instruction, face-to-face instruction, and clinical experiences to prepare students to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Professional Educator’s License. The coursework will be delivered online in Summer and Fall 2021.
Once admitted, apply for the Teacher Preparation Grant Powered by PNC Grow Up Great.

Who would benefit from this program?

  • For working professionals who have earned a bachelor’s degree outside of education, hybrid and online coursework prepares students for success in the early childhood classroom. The program can be completed in as few as four semesters, culminating in a 15-week student teaching experience. Current teachers may complete student teaching in their own classroom if it is in a public school, North Carolina Pre-K, Head Start, or MECK Pre-K.

What can I expect to learn in this program?

  • Students complete a variety of clinical experiences in diverse settings, so they are prepared to teach in rural, urban or suburban schools. During these experiences, students apply research and/or evidence-based practices gained in coursework, analyze birth through kindergarten student learning, and develop the ability to impact children in a positive way.
  • A six semester-hour internship is required for graduate certificate students.  This internship is the culminating experience of the certificate program, offering students the opportunity to demonstrate their readiness for the North Carolina Standard Professional 1 (SP1) Educator’s License.  Students are assigned to a classroom for a full-time semester-long experience under the supervision of the classroom teacher and university faculty.

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