Early Childhood Inclusive Initial Certification

Program: Early Childhood Inclusive
Degree Level: Graduate Non-Degree Seeking
Credit Hours: 80 - 83 credit hours
Delivery Format: Online with supervised school-based experiences and student teaching.
Prerequisites: A completed Bachelor's Degree in any non-teaching discipline is required.

UNK Transfer Guide: For more information, click here.

The online Early Childhood Inclusive program is designed for in-service teachers, assistants in preschools, staff in HeadStart programs, and other non-traditional students who are unable to attend regular face-to-face classes at a university. Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. A review of your transcripts will examine the courses you've already completed toward the Initial Certification program and will determine how many of the program's 80-83 hours will be needed for completion.

This program is offered in lieu of a traditional Early Childhood Inclusive Bachelor's Degree. This means that while you will not receive a second bachelor’s degree, you will receive a certification in Early Childhood Inclusive.  

Students pursuing certification in other states must check with their State Department of Education for certification requirements. 

Course Requirements

Professional Sequence: (27 credit hours) 

TE 100 - Teaching in a Democratic Society
TE 204 - Typical and Atypical Growth & Development 
TE 206 - Instructional Technology & the Preservice Teacher 
TE 318 - Management/Assessment in Preschool/Elementary Classrooms 
TE 411 - Inclusive Practices for Students with Exceptionalities in PreK-8 Classrooms 
TE 400 - Student Teaching (12 credit hours)

Program-Specific Courses: (53 - 56 credit hours) 

TE 311 - Math Methods I
TE 313 - Field Experience: Math 
TE 314 - Phonics and Word Study 
TE 315 - Literacy Assessment 
TE 316 - Primary Grades Literacy 
TE 317 - Field Experience: Literacy
TE 341 - Foundations of Early Childhood Education 
TE 342 - Literacy Methods for the Preschool Teacher 
TE 343 - Methods of Inclusive Education; Birth to Age 3 
TE 343L - Field Experience: Birth to Age 3
TE 344 - Methods of Inclusive Education; Ages 3-5
TE 344L - Field Experience: Ages 3 - 5
TE 346 - Early Childhood Program Administration 
TE 348 - Math, Science, and Social Studies for Children 0-8
TE 349 - Supporting Young Children Through Family & Community Involvement
MATH 104 - Concepts in Mathematics and Statistics OR MATH 102 College Algebra
MATH 230 - Math for Elementary Teachers I
MUS 404 - Music & Movement for Early Childhood Teachers
PE 247 - Nutrition, Health, and Safety for Young Children 
TESE 333 - Serving Young Children with Special Needs
TESE 334 - Assessment and Intervention
TESE 334L - Field Experience: Assessment and Intervention

Pick one of the following specializations:

1.) Specialization Birth - Kindergarten

FAMS 302 - Parent Education
TE 336 - Methods for Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms
TE 338 - Infant and Toddler Mental Health
TE 339 - Infant and Toddler Curriculum
TE 347 - Literacy Methods 0 - 3

2.) Specialization Age 3 - Grade 3

MATH 330 - Math for Elementary Teachers II
TE 312 - Math Methods II
TE 313 - Field Experience: Math
TE 335 - Inclusive Methods K - 3
TE 335L - Field Experience: Inclusive Methods K - 3
TE 336 - Methods for Preschool and Kindergarten Classrooms

Courses are rotated regularly and by demand. Full course descriptions are listed in the UNK undergraduate catalog.

How do I get started? 


1Request information about the program to learn more.

2. Prepare to apply by viewing the program's admission requirements above, or apply now.

3. Contact UNK eCampus with any questions:

University of Nebraska at Kearney - eCampus
Phone: 308-865-8927
Email: ecampus@unk.edu 

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