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Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood & Family Policy

You want to focus your efforts on improving the lives of children and, ultimately, society. The University of Missouri’s (Mizzou) 100% online graduate certificate in early childhood and family policy is a flexible program for work in various careers in education, social work, government and more. Enter a graduate program built for you to specialize your skills whether you’re working, preparing to switch careers or continuing your graduate education. 

This graduate certificate is a collaborative program with Mizzou’s College of Arts and Science (A&S) and College of Education & Human Development (CEHD) offering you unique online courses. This program will help prepare you to think differently, lead in new ways and tackle the policy, infrastructure and advocacy challenges inspired by the present era of early childhood efforts. Feel confident knowing you’re entering a graduate program administered by two renowned departments, A&S’s Truman School of Government and Public Affairs and CEHD’s Department of Human Development and Family Science.

Mizzou is a proud member of the Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA). Great Plains IDEA is a partnership of multiple public universities offering 100% online degree programs. Your degree will come from Mizzou, however, your courses are taught by expert faculty from several universities. 


Students must complete 12 credit hours to receive the certificate.

Students do not need to be enrolled in a graduate degree program at MU to participate in the program. The graduate certificate in early childhood & family policy can be completed 100% online.

Required Courses12
H_D_FS 8415Early Childhood Education and Care: History, Child Development, and Equity3
H_D_FS 8720Early Childhood Education and Care Today: Examining Practices, Policies, and Key Issues 3
PUB_AF 7175Early Childhood Policy3
PUB_AF 7176Early Childhood Education and Care Today: Policy, Leadership, and Policy Advocacy3


Harry S Truman School of Government & Public Affairs
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Email truman@missouri.edu