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Early Childhood Development Undergraduate Certificate

Jan. 10, 2022

Next Start Date

5

Courses Required

$427

Cost Per Credit Hour

15

Total Credit Hours

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Curriculum developed and taught by faculty from

College of Education and Human Services

Degree Awarded: Early Childhood Development

Help Children Grow and Develop

The Early Childhood Development Certificate, offered by the College of Education and Human Services, provides academic training for those who desire to work with children in pre-K classrooms in public schools, Head Start programs, or in childcare centers. The certificate is free standing or can be applied to degree requirements if you wish to pursue a bachelor’s degree in this field. You can enroll in the certificate program without prior college coursework, or a degree. The specialized curriculum will prepare you for many careers that make a difference in the lives of young children and their families and help them take their first steps toward a positive, learning-filled life.

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Learning Formats

Online Asynchronous


Start Date

January 10, 2022
May 16, 2022
August 17, 2022


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Program Details

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There are 15 credit hours in the Early Childhood Development certificate program. The certificate program is not attached to a degree in Child Development and Family Studies. Credit hours earned in the Early Childhood Development certificate can be applied to degree requirements for those students who want to pursue a degree. This CDFS certificate will incorporate the West Virginia Core Knowledge and Core Competencies and the West Virginia Early Standards Framework: Early Learning Standards in order to include the most recent requirements set forth by West Virginia agencies responsible for preschool children.

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Admission Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA.


Admissions

Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA. They must complete the online application and submit official transcripts for all previous institutions they attended or their official high school transcript if fewer than 20 college credits completed. They must also submit a professional resume and a typed personal statement that answers the following questions (minimum of 300 words):

  • What has led you to pursue this undergraduate degree?
  • What are your long-term personal and professional goals?

Application Requirements

  • Apply with the online Undergraduate Application
  • Pay undergraduate application fee
  • Request official transcripts from all institutions attended (other than WVU), or high school transcripts if fewer than 20 college credits and send to:
    WVU Office of Admissions
    PO Box 6009
    Morgantown, WV 26506-6009

The certificate can be completed alone or within a degree program.

Estimated Tuition and Fees

Early Childhood Development Undergraduate Certificate requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $427.


Total Degree Cost

$6,405 – Residents and Non-Residents

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to determine their eligibility for federal and state funds as well as scholarships. WVU’s FAFSA Code is 003827.


Career Paths

Students who graduate from WVU Online with the Early Childhood Development Undergraduate Certificate degree may be prepared for the following careers. These are only a few examples of some of the many opportunities that will be open to you with this degree. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for some positions.

Child, Family and School Social Worker
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook

Childcare Worker
Projected Growth: 2-3% *Bright Outlook

Elementary School Teacher
Projected Growth: 2-3% *Bright Outlook

Kindergarten Teacher
Projected Growth: 4-6%

Special Education Teacher - Kindergarten
Projected Growth: 2-3% *Bright Outlook

Preschool and Childcare Program
Projected Growth: 7-10% *Bright Outlook


Information about careers on this list comes from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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