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Certificate in Birth–Grade 2 Early Childhood Education

Our popular 12-credit early childhood education certificate enables teachers who hold their initial or professional teaching certification in grades 1–6, to extend their certification to birth–grade 2.

Through classroom instruction and student-teaching experiences you’ll learn to engage children from birth–grade 2 and gain competency in other key areas, including:

  • Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum (DAC)
  • Reasoning and content-area concepts
  • Creative expression
  • Organizing and planning for creative teaching in early childhood settings
  • Collaborating with parents, professionals and administrators
  • Meeting the needs of young children with exceptional learning needs
  • Assessment — including formal, informal and authentic assessment — and using assessment for planning
  • Organizing and implementing developmentally appropriate early childhood programs


  • Available at the main and branch campuses
  • Broaden your skill-set and open doors to new job opportunities
  • Apply 12 credits earned in this program toward M.S. Ed. Teaching and Learning

Certificate in Early Childhood Education, Birth–Grade 2 (12 cr.)

Admission Requirements

General admission criteria include a completed graduate study application, three recommendations, statement of purpose or intent, and official transcripts. Requirements for this program include:

  • Evidence of a 3.0 undergraduate GPA on a 4.0 scale
  • Official Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores
  • Individuals (with the exception of Special Education Grades 7–12 program candidates) must supply a copy of NYS teaching certificate at the elementary and/or secondary level OR a written explanation of how all NYSED requirements (including exams) for such a certificate will be completed prior to matriculation

Program Requirements

Please note: Students enrolled in this graduate certificate program are not eligible to receive federal aid.

Questions, Comments, Information?

For information about the Certificate in Birth–Grade 2 Early Childhood Education at SUNY Plattsburgh, please contact:

Heidi Schnackenberg, Ph.D.
Professor, Teacher Education Unit
Program Area Coordinator, M.S.Ed. Graduate Programs Office Location: Sibley Hall 309
Phone: (518) 564-5143
Fax: (518) 564-2149
Email: heidi.schnackenberg@plattsburgh.edu

Jennifer Clancy
Phone: (518) 564-2125
Email: jclan001@plattsburgh.edu