Advisor: Susan Trostle Brand,
D.Ed., Professor Early Childhood Education
Advisor: Phyllis Penhallow
Human Development and Family Studies
The Early Childhood Education certificate program is a fully accredited teacher certification program, which prepares students to teach children in preschool through grade 2. Meeting the curriculum requirements at URI for the Early Childhood Education (ECE) program results in a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. Students who have previously earned an undergraduate degree in a related field also may apply to the post-baccalaureate Teacher Certificate Program (TCP). Successful completion of the Early Childhood Education program, including passing the Praxis II exam, leads to teacher certification for preschool through grade 2.
Students with a strong academic background, a demonstrated interest in both teaching and young children, and a desire to share these interests with a diverse population of learners are encouraged to apply. In order to apply, students must pass the Praxis I entrance exam and have the following program prerequisites: sophomore standing and completion of HDF 200 or PSY 232, EDC 102, and EDC 250. Completion of HDF 203 or concurrent enrollment at time of admissions interview is required.