The Early Childhood Policy Certificate Program is designed to help students:
Many faculty members from areas across the University of Minnesota are engaged in important early childhood policy research and are involved in offering this Early Childhood Policy Certificate program. Some of these faculty and researchers are listed below:
In addition to studying under faculty members involved in cutting-edge early childhood policy research, you will also have the opportunity to make connections with policymakers, state and local legislators, and nonprofits working on early childhood policy for internships and research opportunities.
Students in the certificate program complete twelve credits of coursework, which includes a cornerstone Early Childhood and Public Policy course, a policy elective course (chosen from an approved list) an open elective course (chosen in consultation with the Certificate Program Director) and a capstone workshop or independent study focused on early childhood policy.
The early childhood arena is growing and has attracted interest across the nation. The more we learn about early brain development, the more we realize the vital importance of good early childhood public policy. In recent years, early childhood legislation has received wide and bipartisan support at the state and federal levels. Policymakers, policy advisors and practitioners with an expanded understanding of policy analysis and the economics of early childhood development will be well positioned to shape the future of this growing field.
Arne Duncan, U.S. Education Secretary, visited Minnesota in July 2013. Please see this article about "An Education Secretary's View of Minnesota."
Coursework taken for the Early Childhood Policy Certificate may be applied towards a graduate degree. Consult your degree program or adviser for more information.
The Early Childhood Policy postbaccalaureate certificate requires 12 semester credits, including 3 credits in a cornerstone course (PA/CPSY 5413: Early Childhood and Public Policy), one policy elective, one open elective, and a capstone workshop, professional paper, or independent study focused on early childhood.
All courses must be taken for a letter grade.
In consultation with your faculty advisor, you may select electives from the following list . Other courses may be used if approved by your advisor. Your program plan must be approved by a faculty advisor.
Students are admitted into the early childhood policy certificate program in fall and spring semesters.
Students may take up to two program courses before applying for official admission into this certificate program, but admission to the certificate program is recommended no later than after completion of the first course.
To be admitted into the Early Childhood Policy certificate program, you must have:
•A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
•A preferred undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0.
•A valid TOEFL or IELTS exam, with a minimum score of 100 (TOEFL) or 7.0 (IELTS) for international students.
Once you are admitted into the program, you will receive timely program updates and course registration information along with other admitted student benefits.
Special Admission considerations for the Early Childhood Policy Certificate include:
•No Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required.