Human Development and Family Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Birth through Kindergarten Initial Licensure (BKIL Program)


The Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Birth through Kindergarten Initial Licensure provides training for students with a bachelor’s degree seeking an initial NC Birth-Kindergarten teaching license. This certificate program requires 20 semester hours and is offered jointly by the departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services. The program is designed to provide students with graduate level training and an initial teaching license in BK. This certificate is available to individuals with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development, early childhood special education, or a related field

PHASE ONE: Birth through Kindergarten Post-Baccalaureate Initial Licensure Certificate

This is a 20-hour graduate certificate which results in the initial B-K teaching license. It includes 10 weeks of full-time student teaching:

SES 601 Introduction to Inclusive Birth-Kindergarten Services (3 s.h.)

SES 603 Screening/Assessment in Inclusive Early Childhood (3 s.h.)

HDF/SES 606 Preschool-Kindergarten Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 hours)

HDF/SES 607 Infant/Toddler Learning in Inclusive Settings (4 s.h.)

SES 649C Student Teaching (6 hours)

Then, if desired, you apply to the M.Ed. If accepted:

PHASE TWO (OPTIONAL): 24-hour M.Ed program (with 13 hours of credit transferred from the Licensure Certificate)

HDF 650 Theory & Research in Early Childhood Development  (3 s. h.)                                                  
ERM 604 Methods of Educational Research (3 s. h.)                                                                    
SES 602 Inclusive Family-Centered Practices in Early Childhood (3 s. h.) 
HDF 633 Advanced Curriculum in Early Childhood Education  (3 s. h.)                                                        
HDF 636 Leadership & Mentoring in Educating Young Children  (3 s. h.)                                                            
SES 604 Internship in Inclusive Early Childhood (6 s. h.)
Elective (3 s. h.)    
Professional Portfolio

After 44 hours of graduate study, you will graduate with the initial B-K teaching license, an M.Ed in birth through kindergarten, and the Masters level B-K license.

SCHOLARSHIPS are available for this program starting in Fall 2015. For more information, contact or click here for the flyer BKILP grant flyer 2015.

For more information about any B-K graduate program please contact the HDFS B-K Director,

Click here for the BKIL brochure!

Click here for the BKIL plan of study! (doc)

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