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.


Creighton University has maintained continuous accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission since 1928.  For information regarding the University’s accreditation status, visit http://www.creighton.edu/accreditation/.

Information regarding academic programs which hold specialized accreditation can be found on this page.

Admissions Requirements

  • Completed application & $50 application fee
  • Bachelor’s degree with 3.0 GPA or higher


A personal interview may be requested in addition to the above requirements. The interview may be conducted in-person or virtually.

International applicants

International applicants must meet English language proficiency requirements.

Tuition & Scholarships

2018-19 special tuition rate: $560 per credit hour
This does not include fees, books or other expenses.

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

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