Human Development and Family Studies

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in
Early Care and Education (online)

The departments of Human Development and Family Studies and Specialized Education Services (SES) in the School of Education offer a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Early Care and Education. The certificate will provide students with graduate level training and a credential to pursue careers in leadership positions in early care and education settings including early intervention, Smart Start, resource and referral, and community college instruction. The certificate requires 18 semester hours of course work and is available to students with a bachelor’s or master’s degree who do not plan to pursue a degree program or for students who are pursuing a master’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies or Specialized Education Services. If pursuing a master’s degree simultaneously, students must meet all requirements for admission to The Graduate School, Human Development and Family Studies, and Specialized Education Services. The Certificate is also open to graduate students in related fields. GRE scores are not required for admission into the Certificate program.

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Required Courses 15 s.h.

HDF 650      Theory & Research in Early Childhood Development
HDF 636      Leadership & Mentoring in Educating Young Children
HDF 634      Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Policy
SES 601       Introduction to Inclusive Birth – Kindergarten Services
SES 605       Diversity and Inclusive Early Care and Education

Electives 3 s.h.

With the approval of the advisor, students choose 3 hours of electives at the 500 or 600 level.

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BKISED and LECE program Handbook (doc)

If you are interested in obtaining the LECE Certificate along with your BK:ISED degree, you must apply to the UNCG Graduate School for admission to the certificate program within the first 12 hours of your coursework. This is an additional application and acceptance process. Once the LECE coursework is completed, you must apply to graduate from the certificate program following the procedures posted on the Graduate School website. LECE certificate candidates must also provide a final plan of study if changes have been made since the original was submitted.  The final plan of study is due by the end of the third week of classes during the last semester of coursework. No graduation fee is charged for certificate candidates. Please note that you cannot be admitted to the Certificate program and graduate from it in the same term.