Specialized Education Services (SES)

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Leadership in Early Care and Education (LECE)

This synchronous online program provides students the opportunity to take graduate level coursework that provides the training necessary to seek employment in leadership positions within early care and education settings including early intervention, Smart Start, resource and referral, and community college instruction. The program is jointly administered with the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.

This certificate program is open to students who have a bachelor’s degree, and the 18 credit hours of required may be applied to a master’s or doctoral degree in Specialized Education Services or Human Development and Family Studies, though students may also enroll if they do not wish to pursue a degree.

Career Opportunties

Early Childhood Administrator, Quality Assurance Specialist, Community College Instructor of Early Childhood

Program Contact

SES BK Director: Dr. Margaret Gillis
Rm. 434 School of Education Building
mcgillis@uncg.edu

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Successful completion of this program culminates in a certificate, not a degree.

Example Careers:

Community College Instructor of Early Childhood Education, Administrator, Quality Assurance Specialist

Program Contact

SES BK Director: Dr. Margaret Gillis
Rm. 434 School of Education Building
mcgillis@uncg.edu

HDF BK Director: Dr. Catherine Scott-Little
Rm. 248 Stone Building
mcscottl@uncg.edu

Designed For

This program is designed for students wishing to assume leadership roles within educational and/or community agencies that work to support children, ages birth through five years, and their families.

Career Opportunities

Upon completion of this program, career opportunities include: curriculum specialist, director, early childhood consultant, supervisor/administrator, program coordinator, resource & referral specialist, service coordinator, early intervention program supervisory, and early intervention quality assurance specialist.

Research Interests

Faculty who teach in the certificate program engage in research on topics such as: preparation of early childhood educators for family-centered practice, measurement of child care quality, inclusive practices, assessment, early childhood policy, and collaboration in early childhood programs and services.

Program of Study

Sample Plan of Study:

  • Summer 1—HDF 634
  • Fall 1—SES 601, HDF 636
  • Spring 1—HDF 650, elective
  • Summer 2—SES 605

Total hours: 18 credit hours

Core courses:

  • HDF 650 Theory and Research in Early Childhood Development
  • HDF 636 Leadership and Mentoring in Educating Young Children
  • HDF 634 Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Policy
  • SES 601 Introduction to Inclusive Birth—Kindergarten Services
  • SES 605 Diversity and Inclusive Early Care and Education

Additional courses:

Students will choose three (3) credit hours of electives from a 500 or 600 level class. Advisor approval required

Minimum Program Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood or related field
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Additional Information

  • If GPA is below a 3.0, students have the option to take a graduate level course as a visiting student. If students earn a “B” or higher in this course, they will be considered eligible for admission. Admission is not guaranteed, and students must submit a full application for review for admission.
  • Most students work full time while completing this program. Synchronous online class meetings take place in the evenings (5:00-6:50).
  • The program is typically completed in 2 regular semesters and 2 summer semesters.
  • If undergraduate degree is in field other than early childhood, the student may be required to complete two (2) prerequisite courses.
  • Students may work toward completion of the BK:ISED M.Ed. in conjunction with the LECE certificate. Students interested in doing this must apply through the UNCG Graduate School; this is an additional application and acceptance process (i.e. students must be accepted to both programs through the Graduate School).
  • Interested applicants can go to http://grs.uncg.edu/apply-online/ to apply for admission. Applications must include: academic transcripts, current resume, professional statement describing interest and rationale for completing the program and career goals, and three (3) letters of recommendation, at least one of which should be an academic reference.
  • Applications for Fall semester are due the preceding February. (e.g., to have applied for Fall 2015 semester, applications would have been due by February 1, 2015)

Applications received after the due date will be reviewed on ongoing basis until the program fills.