CAGS in Early Childhood Education

The Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study (CAGS) program in Early Childhood Education is designed for candidates who are already licensed to teach Pre-K–2nd grade and who hold a master’s degree or the equivalent. The CAGS is suited for educators who are seeking to develop their knowledge in a particular area within the field of early childhood education. Students meet with advisors to construct a plan of coursework that includes 30 credits of coursework and a comprehensive examination that addresses the diverse goals of the individual. Topics include:

  • Theories and milestones of early childhood social, emotional, physical, cognitive, and language development
  • The role of play in early childhood development
  • The design of educational environments, curriculum, and learning materials
  • Developmentally appropriate methodology related to mathematics, science, reading, and social studies

Early Childhood Learning Laboratory (ECLL)

The ECLL is a demonstration preschool that serves as a field placement for all early childhood majors and an observation site for teaching and research purposes. Twenty-two children, ages 2.9–5, are in the program; a number of them have first languages other than English. There are microphones strategically placed in the classroom and digital recorders in the Observation Room so that classroom activities can be recorded and analyzed by Early Childhood faculty and student teachers. In addition, there is a resource center for preparing teaching materials that is available to all Early Childhood students. For more information, visit the website.