Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Early Childhood Practices

The Graduate Certificate in Inclusive Early Childhood Practices is intended for individuals seeking expertise in supporting the learning and development of all young children, including those at-risk or identified with disabilities. Required coursework is focused on culturally responsive practices and interventions that promote access, learning, and participation for all young children and their families. The program is intended for individuals in education or human service fields, such as general early childhood education, nursing, psychology, physical and occupational therapy, social work, speech, and language therapy, who do not possess a California Education Specialist Credential. 

Admission to the Program

To be admitted, students must meet the same standards as candidates for a master’s degree program in Special Education. To apply students must hold a 3.0 minimum grade point average, submit two letters of recommendation, transcripts of all college or university level training, résumé, and a position statement documenting interest in this certificate.

Completion of the Program

  • The student must maintain a minimum of 3.0 GPA in order to continue in and complete the program.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Students must meet the Written English proficiency requirement by demonstrating competency on a written paper or examination.

Inclusive Early Childhood Practices Certificate — 12 units

E ED 708Language and Literacy in the Early Years3
or E ED 709 Instructional Leadership and Program Curriculum Evaluation in Early Childhood Education
E ED 721International Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education3
or E ED 850 Mathematics and Science Inquiry for Children
or E ED 878 Critical Perspectives and Reconceptualizing Early Childhood Education
SPED 738Preschool Intervention3
or SPED 737 Infant Intervention
SPED 777Development and Learning of Young Children with Special Needs3
or SPED 779 Family Systems and Services for Young Children with Disabilities
or SPED 780 Assessment and Program Evaluation in Early Childhood Special Education Setting