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East Tennessee State University

Early Childhood Education

Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry

100% Online Graduate Certificate

Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry Online Graduate Certificate

 This program articulates the social, cultural, and educational history of emergent inquiry and Reggio-inspired early childhood education, modeling scientific inquiry as an approach to teaching, learning, and problem solving in the early childhood classroom, as inspired by the Italian schools of Reggio Emilia.

The goals and objectives for the Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry Graduate Certificate are focused on emergent inquiry curriculum in the field of early childhood education in alignment with the vision of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for educating early childhood teachers and teacher leaders.

Candidates in this certificate program will demonstrate the knowledge and skills as described in the NAEYC Core Standards for Professional Preparation.


Program of Study

Program of Study

The program is open to students everywhere who hold a bachelor or master's degree in Early Childhood or a related field ( e.g. Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.).

Two years of experience working with young children (birth through 8 years) is preferred.

Program information including curriculum and completion requirements can be found on the Emergent Inquiry Cohort site or the Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry Graduate Certificate entry in the ETSU Graduate Catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Program Admissions Requirements

In addition to the requirements of the School of Graduate Studies:

A bachelor or master’s degree in Early Childhood or a related field (Psychology, Special Education, Elementary Education, etc.) Two years of experience working with young children (birth through 8 years) are preferred

Two letters of recommendation

Individuals who have graduated with a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from ETSU and have successfully completed ECED 5336 - Advanced Creative Development with a grade of B or above, will have a program of study of 15 graduate credit hours for this certificate program; and

A student who applies and is accepted into the master’s program in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Master Teacher or Research concentration, may apply up to eighteen credit hours from the Early Childhood Education Emergent Inquiry Certificate Program.

Tuition Information

Tuition, Fee, and Financial Assistance


ETSU Tuition and Fees

ETSU eRate (for out-of-state students taking ALL course work online in any semester)

Border County Information: Students in North Carolina and Virginia living in counties bordering Tennessee may receive in-state tuition. For more detailed tuition information based on your specific situation, please contact the ETSU Office of Admissions.

Student accounts, payment calendars, and payment plan information

ETSU Bursar Office

(423) 439-4212

Financial Aid

Financial Aid Step by Step Guide

Types of Aid

(423) 439-4300


Scholarship Information

(423) 439-7094



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