Early Childhood Education (Graduate Certificate)

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Change a child’s future as an early childhood educator.

Early childhood education is crucial to a child’s success, with 90 percent of brain development occurring before age 5. If you’re looking to advance your career as an early childhood educator, consider Creighton University’s Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate.

In this program, you’ll learn to create healthy, respectful, supportive and challenging learning environments for all children. You’ll understand the importance of developing partnerships with families and learn to build relationships that support and empower children and families.

Benefit from hands-on learning.

This early childhood certificate program provides hands-on learning in clinical, community and school practicum settings. Exposure to a wide variety of teaching and assessment strategies will prepare you to understand and implement developmentally appropriate practice in your own classroom.

Earn your certificate in as little as one year.

This 18-credit program can be completed in about a year. Coursework centers around the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) vision for all young children to thrive, learn and reach their full potential and is built on the Nebraska Department of Education endorsement standards.


Creighton’s Early Childhood Education Graduate Certificate consists of 18 credit hours and can be completed in about a year. Coursework includes:

  • Foundations and Best Practices of Early Childhood Education
  • Investigating Critical and Contemporary Trends and Issues in Early Childhood Education
  • Content and Methods Specific to Early Childhood Education
  • Significant Concepts for Early Childhood Education
  • Assessment, Observation, Screening and Evaluation in Early Childhood Education
  • Becoming an Early Childhood Teaching Professional


Click here to view the course catalog and program goals.

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher
  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Resume


International Students
All applicants from countries in which English is not the primary language must demonstrate proficiency in the English language by submitting a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (internet-based).

Tuition & Scholarships

Financial Aid

To help make your graduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to apply for financial assistance, as well as for graduate student scholarships and fellowships. Here’s how to apply for financial assistance.


For questions about financial aid, contact:
gpfinaid [at] creighton [dot] edu

Learn more:
Tuition and fees for all programs

View also the federal gainful employment disclosure.

Important Dates & Deadlines

Program Start Dates
August & January

Application Deadlines
If you wish to enroll in August, you must apply by August 1.
If you wish to enroll in January, you must apply be December 1.

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