Early Childhood Development


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.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum 2.5 GPA.


West Virginia University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. WVU’s Professional Education Preparation Unit is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). That Unit includes undergraduate and graduate preparation programs for licensure of teachers and those in educational support areas. This includes programs not only in the College of Education and Human Services, but also several which are outside the College (Agriculture, Art, Health, Music and Physical Education).



Courses Required


Total Credit Hours

Course Formats

  • Online Courses

Estimated Tuition and Fees

The Early Childhood Development requires 15 credit hours to complete. Cost per credit hour is $426 for residents and $1,077 for 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..

Next Start Date: January 13, 2020    Apply Now


What can you do with a Early Childhood Development?

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.

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).

Child, Family and School Social Worker

Projected Growth: 10-14% *Bright Outlook

Kindergarten Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Childcare Worker

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Special Education Teacher – Kindergarten & Elementary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

Elementary School Teacher

Projected Growth: 5-9% *Bright Outlook

Education Administrator – Elementary

Projected Growth: 5-9%

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