Early Childhood Education Advanced Certificate


Program Overview

This post-master’s, advanced certificate program will prepare you to teach in a variety of educational settings within the birth to grade 2 levels.

Coursework and Clinical Experiences

Courses are offered in the afternoon and evening. Some courses may be available in an online or hybrid format. Select courses have required hours of classroom experience (fieldwork) in a New York City public school. Students also participate in supervised teaching (student teaching and/or practicum) as the culmination of their course of study. Student teaching and/or practicum requires five full days per week for at least one semester.




Early Childhood Education Birth to Grade 2

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

This program is for applicants who already possess New York State teacher certification in Childhood Education Grades 1 to 6.

  • A master’s degree from an accredited institution with a GPA of at least 3.5
  • Permanent or professional certification in Childhood Education, Grades 1 to 6
  • A statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation

To Apply

Applications are accepted each Fall and Spring semester.

To start your application, visit the Hunter College Online Application.

When applying to this program, under Program of Study, select School of Education – Childhood & Early Childhood Education and Adv. Cert in Early Childhood Ed-Specialized Addl Cert.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start

  • March 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • April 15 (Extended Deadline)

Spring Start

  • October 15 (Priority Deadline)
  • November 1 (Extended Deadline)

Visit How to Apply for information about deadline extensions.

Related Programs

If you hold initial New York State certification in Early Childhood Education and seek Professional Certification, consider applying to our master’s degree programs in Early Childhood Special Education or Literacy Birth – Grade 6.

If you do not have a master’s degree and are interested in earning certification in Early Childhood Education Birth-Grade 2, consider applying for our master’s degree program in Early Childhood Education.

Contact an Admissions Advisor


Program Leaders

Carmen Brown

Lacey Peters

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