Early Childhood Education Certificate of Advanced Study

This program is not currently admitting new students.

The Certificate of Advanced Study (C.A.S.) in early childhood education is an individualized and interdisciplinary program designed to advance your professional and leadership skills.

Why Earn a Certificate of Advanced Study in Early Childhood Education?

As the premier teacher-training institution in Maryland, Towson University has a 150-year tradition of preparing classroom teachers, education specialists and school leaders.
Our post-master’s C.A.S. in early childhood education is designed to address the need for increasing professionalism and leadership for those who work in variety of settings with young children from birth through age 8 and their families.

The C.A.S. program prepares students to assume greater roles as advocates and policy specialists, administrators, family specialists, master teachers, researchers and teacher educators, and may lead to later doctoral study.

The 30-unit certificate is aligned with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Standards for Advanced Professional Preparation in Early Childhood Education. 

Program Offerings

The program offers you:

  • a foundation in current needs and challenges to support the development and education of young children
  • the opportunity to select electives in advanced areas of specialization that support your area of focus
  • supportive faculty mentors dedicated to helping you achieve your career goals
  • practical experience in collaboration and advocacy with schools and communities

View certificate requirements in the Graduate Catalog.

why towson?

Program Advantages

  • Towson’s long history and reputation as an excellent teacher training institution
  • programs accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) and the Maryland State Department of Education
  • practical experiences in a wide variety of settings, including urban, suburban and rural schools
  • technology training to extend and enhance learning experiences in the classroom 
  • commitment to teaching, scholarship and service
  • schedules for working professionals and full-time students with a variety of later afternoon, evening and online classes

For information on program costs, related careers, and graduation and median loan debt data, please see the Federal Gainful Employment Program Disclosure Data.