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Early Childhood Education Certificate


Required courses in the HDF and EDC programs meet the requirements for the Early Childhood Education Certificate (Preschool through Grade 2) in Rhode Island. Students must apply to the Early Childhood Education program through the Office of Teacher Education. For program requirements, see Early consultation with an HDF advisor is important for timely degree completion.


Students apply to the program in the fall of sophomore year. The application process includes an admission portfolio and interview with program faculty in the spring. In order to apply, students must pass the Praxis I entrance exam and have the program prerequisites of sophomore standing and completion of HDF 200 or PSY 232, EDC 102, and EDC 250; HDF 203 or concurrent enrollment at time of admissions interview is required.


Meeting the curriculum requirements for the Early Childhood Education certificate program results in a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies. The courses required include General Education requirements; Core Experiences: HDF  200, 201, 202, 205, and 230; Professional Content: EDC 102, 250, 312; HDF 203, 305, 357; Early Childhood Education Certificate Courses: HDF 301, 303, 420, 455; EDC 402, 424, 426 and 350; Senior Field Work experience (Student Teaching): EDC 484 and 485.


To be eligible for student teaching, students must maintain a grade point average of 2.50 overall and in the major, and attain a grade of at least C in HDF 203, 301, 303, 305, 420, 455; EDC 102, 250, 312, 402, 424, and 426. In addition, students must pass the Praxis II exam for Early Childhood Education Certification.


* Both HDF 203 and HDF 303 include a practicum at a URI Child Development Center.