NCU Catalog - October 2020 
    
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NCU Catalog - October 2020 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood Education Post-Master’s Certificate


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Post-Master’s Certificate


Description of Program


In order to earn a Post-Master’s Certificate, students must complete six courses (a total of 18 credit hours) within the chosen Post-Master’s Certificate program. With the exception of the General Education certificate, each Post-Master’s Certificate program is prescribed, meaning students can only take what is listed for the particular Post-Master’s Certificate program (students may not substitute alternative courses). Students must complete all six NCU courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better in order to receive the certificate.

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Basis for Admissions


Admission to the Post-Master’s Certificate program requires a conferred master’s level or higher degree from a regionally or nationally accredited academic institution.

Scope


6 NCU Courses (18 Credit hours) must be completed from the coursework outlined within the corresponding Post-Master’s Certificate specialization. Courses taken as part of a NCU master’s program cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program.

Post-Master’s Certificate Transfer into a Doctoral Sequence


  • Specialization coursework completed as part of a doctoral degree, where a degree was conferred, cannot be applied towards a Post-Master’s Certificate program. However, a Post-Master’s Certificate can be completed as part of doctoral coursework, assuming the student officially applies for the Post-Master’s Certificate prior to completing the fourth course in the Post-Master’s Certificate series.
  • Coursework completed within a Post-Master’s Certificate program may be applied towards the specialization sequence within a doctoral program.
  • Applying Post-Master’s Certificate coursework towards a doctoral degree is contingent upon coursework and degree relevance under the most current doctoral degree program version.

Time to Completion


NCU allows 2 years to complete all certificate programs.

The median time to completion for this program is 13 months.

Time to completion varies depending upon the pace in which a student completes courses and the number of transfer credits accepted. As most NCU students are working adults, balancing educational, professional, and personal commitments, our academic and finance advisors will work with you to develop a program schedule that works best for your needs.

Students following the preferred schedule designed by the Dean for this program, and applying no transfer credits, can expect to finish in as little as 9 months.

Early Childhood Education (ECE)


This program is tailored for Master’s degree learners who desire to model, coach, and guide young children through the first years of life when social, physical, cognitive, and emotional development occur. Skilled educators create an environment that serves as a foundation for a child’s health and well being. In this specialization, educators will learn to assess educational potential, create instructional programs, direct and coordinate learning activities, and manage early childhood classrooms.

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