Prescott College Online offers three early childhood educator certification pathways:
- Bachelor of Arts Degree with Certification
- Post-Baccalaureate Certification
- Masters of Education Degree with optional Certification
And a choice of Three Academic Tracks:
- Early Childhood Education
- Early Childhood Special Education
- Dual Early Childhood and Early Childhood Special Education
Prescott’s creatively blended Early Childhood/Early Special Education program offers our Limited Residency teacher candidates a sequence of creative courses which provides a scaffold for building the 21st-century early childhood educator’s knowledge and repertoire of professional skills and informed practices for teaching in inclusive classrooms.
Our Early Education program has three unique dimensions:
- A core focus on developing inclusive and differentiated teaching skills for all early educators of young children from Birth through age 8.
- A strong emphasis on a cross-disciplinary and highly integrated approach to inquiry-based and inclusive learning experiences (STREAMS) in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math, along with early social studies and reading.
A deep commitment to promoting inclusive nature and place-based experiential learning for all young children
Each course in the Early Education program requires up to ten hours of documented Field Experience with relevant classroom and program observation assignments. Weekly Discussion Forums in each course bring course topics to life for our online students and allow for collaborative learning and sharing of ideas and experience among the cohort of students in the course. As a small college, Prescott offers flexibility and highly individualized advising for teacher candidates who are balancing job, family, and education commitments.
Prescott College Limited-Residency students must also complete additional Prescott College core courses, residency, and graduation requirements as prescribed for their specific pathway program. In order to qualify for the Institutional Recommendation from Prescott College that leads to an Arizona Provisional Teacher Certification in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education, all candidates must earn a specified number of certification course and student teaching credits, and pass any AZ state required tests and provide fingerprint clearance. Prescott College offers students the opportunity to earn the Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate. The Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate enables individuals with a bachelor's degree or higher to teach full-time while completing the requirements for an Arizona provisional teaching certificate. Prescott’s Early Education program is affiliated with the Prescott College Center for Nature and Place and Summer Institute.
In order to qualify for the Institutional Recommendation from Prescott College that leads to an Arizona Provisional Teacher Certification in Early Childhood and/or Early Childhood Special Education, all candidates must earn a specified number of certification course and student teaching credits, and pass any AZ state required tests and provide fingerprint clearance.
Prescott’s ECE and ECSE programs are designed to cover all Areas of Study required by the Arizona Department of Education through a coherent sequence of courses. This innovative sequence of courses provides a scaffold for building the early childhood educator’s knowledge and repertoire of professional skills and informed practices and focuses on inclusive and differentiated teaching that enhances and integrates STEAM and Nature and Place-based learning. Each course also requires up to ten hours of documented Field Experience with classroom observation assignments. Discussion Forums in each course bring topics to life for our candidates and allow for collaborative learning and sharing of ideas and experience.
The Endorsement programs, Arizona Teaching Intern Certificate, Teacher Preparation and Educational Leadership graduate programs: meet the requirements of licensure for the state of Arizona.
To ensure that our graduates are equipped to help students learn, all certification programs offered by Prescott College are evaluated by the Arizona Department of Education, and approved by the Arizona State Board of Education. Teacher licensure requirements vary depending on state laws and may include a number of factors, such as:
- completion of a bachelor's degree program
- submission of transcripts
- completion and clearance of a background check
- passing of required entrance exams and basic skills tests
Click here to see a list of teacher licensure requirements in your state. As requirements are subject to change at any time, please refer to the licensure contact listed under each state.