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Early Childhood Education

children looking at a soil experimentThe Early Childhood Education certificate program is a fully accredited teacher certification program that prepares you to teach children in preschool through grade 2. To complete this program you will fulfill curriculum requirements for the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (Early Childhood Education concentration).

Undergraduate students apply for admission to Early Childhood Education teacher certification program January of their sophomore year. Admission requirements include the completion of an admission portfolio, confirmation of a BCI, and passing the Praxis I test.  A personal interview is also required. Beginning in the junior year, students accepted in the program will have practicum experiences at the URI Child Development Centers, in urban settings, and in public schools.

Successful completion of the B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies (Early Childhood Education concentration), the Early Childhood Education certificate program, and passing the Praxis II exams lead to teacher certification.

Program Advisors

Hyunjin Kim, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Studies
Program Coordinator/Advisor

Susan Trostle Brand, D.Ed.
School of Education

Phyllis Penhallow, M.S., CFLE
Human Development and Family Studies
University College/Admission Advisor

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