Early Childhood Educator Certificate

The Challenge

A teacher sitting next to a young student.

Butler University’s College of Education and Early Learning Indiana have collaborated to develop an accessible, affordable, and fast-tracked early childhood educator certificate program. This program aims to address the nationwide crisis in early childhood education, particularly in Indiana, where a significant percentage of children and families lack access to high quality childcare services. The program also responds to the increasing demand for qualified teachers in early childhood centers. Historically, the field has relied on the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential, which falls short in providing the necessary theoretical knowledge and pedagogical skills. Alternatively, early childhood educators could pursue TEACH grants for bachelor’s degrees, but these programs take years to complete.

The Solution

Butler University and Early Learning Indiana (ELI) have collaborated to create the Early Childhood Educator Certificate program, with the support of the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation (RMFF), Ascend Indiana (Ascend), and Butler+. This program is an innovative and accessible pathway for individuals seeking to become early childhood educators. It offers comprehensive professional preparation that takes into account the unique circumstances of the candidates. The program consists of 12 courses, each 4 weeks in length, totaling 960 hours, and can be completed in approximately 15 months. It incorporates Reggio-inspired teaching, inquiry-based learning, and culturally responsive teaching methods. The program combines online learning with practical experiences in real classrooms, while also providing mentorship and support services to the candidates.

Now accepting applications for Cohort 3 starting March 18, 2024! Apply before February 23, 2024.

Thanks to the generous support of Early Learning Indiana, applicants for Cohort 3 can also elect to be considered for a full program scholarship.  Applicants can apply for both the program and the scholarship in a single application. When you apply for the program, simply let us know you’re interested in the scholarship, and you’ll automatically be considered for both.

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