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Whole Child Graduate Certificate

The Whole Child Graduate Certificate emphasizes the professional preparation of students at the graduate levels for a range of careers in education and nonprofits within diverse community contexts. The Certificate's playful learning pedagogy supports literacy, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning as well as social, emotional, physical development, and service learning.

The five graduate courses include study of the child-centered educational models of Montessori, Waldorf and Public Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia. Students in the Certificate program have an opportunity to work in UNF's state-of-the art Solve, Tinker, Explore, Play (STEP) Early Learning Lab. Additionally, the Early Childhood program's service learning and study abroad opportunities include visits to schools across England and Perugia, Italy, home to Maria Montessori's first laboratory school, as well as a Reggio Emilia school.

The Whole Child Graduate Certificate Coursework may be applied to a graduate degree with a focus in Early Childhood, with the approval of an advisor. For more information, contact Dr. Christian Winterbottom, program area leader or Dr. Katrina W. Hall

Courses reflect the Recommendations for Core Components for Public Waldorf Teacher Preparation from the Alliance for Public Waldorf Education.

Graduate School Program Overview

Whole Child Course Catalog