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Early Childhood Policy Postbaccalaureate Certificate

HHH Social Policy Academic Program
Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs
Link to a list of faculty for this program.
Contact Information
Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 301 19th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55455 (612-624-3800; fax 612-626-0002)
  • Program Type: Post-baccalaureate credit certificate/licensure/endorsement
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2019
  • Length of program in credits: 12
  • This program does not require summer semesters for timely completion.
  • Degree: Early Childhood Policy PBacc Cert
Along with the program-specific requirements listed below, please read the General Information section of this website for requirements that apply to all major fields.
The early childhood policy post-baccalaureate certificate gives students expertise in applying research-based knowledge to public policies affecting young children and the adults who care for them. In addition to completing coursework, students in the certificate program complete a capstone workshop or independent study focused on early childhood policy. These certificate components provide a vehicle for students to gain fundamental early childhood policy skills and knowledge and to foster connection between the University of Minnesota and the early childhood policy community. Students will have opportunities to participate in the work of the University of Minnesota's renowned Human Capital Research Collaborative.
Program Delivery
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Prerequisites for Admission
The preferred undergraduate GPA for admittance to the program is 3.00.
Other requirements to be completed before admission:
Admission to the certificate will be allowed in fall and spring semesters. Admission decisions will be made by a subcommittee of the faculty advisory group. A complete application will include a Graduate School application, personal statement, resume or C.V., and transcripts.
International applicants must submit score(s) from one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL
    • Internet Based - Total Score: 100
    • Paper Based - Total Score: 600
  • IELTS
    • Total Score: 7.0
Key to test abbreviations (TOEFL, IELTS).
For an online application or for more information about graduate education admissions, see the General Information section of this website.
Program Requirements
Use of 4xxx courses towards program requirements is not permitted.
A minimum GPA of 2.80 is required for students to remain in good standing.
Early Childhood and Public Policy Course (3 credits)
Take one of the following courses for a total of 3 credits:
PA 5413 - Early Childhood and Public Policy (1.5-3.0 cr)
or CPSY 5413 - Early Childhood and Public Policy (3.0 cr)
Electives (6 Credits)
Take one course from the Policy Electives list, and one course from the Open Electives list for a total of 6 credits.
Policy Electives (3 Credits)
Topics courses (such as PA 5490) are eligible if they cover early childhood.
PA 5415 - Economics of Early Childhood Development (1.5-3.0 cr)
PA 5442 - Education Law and Policy (3.0 cr)
FSOS 8104 - Family Policy Seminar (3.0 cr)
PREV 8001 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices (3.0 cr)
SW 5101 - Historical Origins and Contemporary Policies in Social Welfare (3.0 cr)
SW 8804 - Child Welfare Policy (3.0 cr)
Open Electives (3 Credits)
Topics courses (such as PA 5490) are eligible if they cover early childhood.
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation (3.0 cr)
PA 5480 - Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy (1.0-3.0 cr)
CI 8900 - Family, Youth, and Community Colloquium (1.0-4.0 cr)
CPSY 5251W - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education [WI] (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5252 - Facilitating Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5253 - Facilitating Cognitive and Language Learning in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
CPSY 5254 - Facilitating Creative and Motor Learning in Early Childhood Education (2.0 cr)
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5243 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
EPSY 5625 - Education of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children with Disabilities: Introduction (2.0 cr)
EPSY 5849 - Multi-tiered Systems of Support in Early Childhood Education (3.0 cr)
FSOS 5032 - Family Systems Theories and Interventions (3.0 cr)
FSOS 8106 - Seminar: Families From an Economic Perspective (3.0 cr)
NURS 5032 - Human Response to Health and Illness: Children and Childbearing Families (5.0 cr)
OLPD 5346 - Politics of Education (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5356 - Disability Policy and Services (3.0 cr)
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8016 - Research Design and Educational Policy (3.0 cr)
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
OLPD 8095 - Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development (1.0-3.0 cr)
OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives (3.0 cr)
POL 8602 - Families, Children, and the State (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6606 - Children's Health: Life Course and Equity Perspectives (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6607 - Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6613 - Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6630 - Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Leadership (3.0 cr)
PUBH 6634 - Children and Families: Public Health Policy and Advocacy (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6655 - Principles and Programs in Maternal and Child Health (2.0 cr)
PUBH 6945 - From Kid to Community: Personal, Environmental, and Policy Interventions Targeting Youth Obesity (1.0 cr)
SW 5905 - Permanency in Child Welfare (2.0 cr)
SW 8363 - Social Work in Child Welfare (3.0 cr)
Final Paper (3 Credits)
The final paper can be completed by taking PA 8081, 8082, 8921 or 8991. The paper must have a focus on early childhood policy. Papers may be completed under other designators by permission.
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop (3.0 cr)
or PA 8082 - Professional Paper-Writing Seminar (3.0 cr)
or PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option) (1.0-3.0 cr)
or PA 8991 - Independent Study (0.5-4.0 cr)
 
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PA 5413 - Early Childhood and Public Policy
Credits: 1.5 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02070
Typically offered: Every Fall
State/federal/int'l policies/legislation touching first 5 years of child's life. Family, community, institutional roles in promoting children's social/cognitive/emotional development. Health, mental health, poverty, special needs, economic/social justice. Part of Early Childhood Pol cert. prereq: Grad or instr consent
CPSY 5413 - Early Childhood and Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
State, federal, and international policies and legislative activity touching first five years of a child's life. Family, community, and institutional roles in promoting children's social, cognitive, and emotional development. Issues related to health, mental health, poverty, developmental delays, and special needs.
PA 5415 - Economics of Early Childhood Development
Credits: 1.5 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Early childhood development (ECD) is examined from an economic perspective. Course focuses on the role of government in helping to promote ECD for purposes of social welfare and economic growth. Readings include studies of brain development as well as longitudinal studies of ECD. Students will become familiar with the importance of rigorous impact evaluations and the use of cost-benefit analysis as a tool for efficient resource allocation of child policies.
PA 5442 - Education Law and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Education law and policy with focus on elementary/secondary. Topics include governance; interplay of federal, state and local law and policy; education redesign; intersection with workforce development; reform efforts; desegregation; achievement gap; role of teacher unions; and finance. Early childhood education discussed in connection with K-12 issues. Case studies include recently enacted legislation in multiple states.
FSOS 8104 - Family Policy Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Distinguishing family policy research from other family research. Conceptual frameworks, methods, and roles family policy research can play in policy-making and knowledge-building processes.
PREV 8001 - Prevention Science: Principles and Practices
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Theoretical, empirical, and practical foundations for strategic interventions to prevent behavioral problems and promote healthy development. Multidisciplinary roots of prevention science. Trends/directions. best practices.
SW 5101 - Historical Origins and Contemporary Policies in Social Welfare
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Contemporary policies and programs in social welfare are examined in light of their historical origins and evolution. A framework is then developed for analysis of concepts and principles in contemporary social policy for social welfare programs and services. The emergence of the profession of social work also examined.
SW 8804 - Child Welfare Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Develops advanced policy knowledge/skills for social workers practicing in or collaborating with public or private child welfare services. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
PA 5311 - Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Principal methods, primary applications of evaluation research as applied to policies/programs in health/human services, education, or the environment. Conducting evaluations. Becoming a critical consumer of studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
PA 5480 - Topics in Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Link between race/ethnicity and public policy. How to identify/measure racial/ethnic disparities and their historical/cultural origins and policy impacts and to craft politically feasible remedies. Topics may include criminal justice, housing, child welfare, and education. prereq: Jr or sr or grad student or instr consent
CI 8900 - Family, Youth, and Community Colloquium
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theories, philosophies, practices, pedagogies, epistemologies, and public policies not dealt with in regular courses. Content varies by offering. prereq: [MA or PhD] student
CPSY 5251W - Social and Philosophical Foundations of Early Childhood Education (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course traces the history of early childhood education from Plato to the present, as well as explores various program models and the standards movement, including the Minnesota Early Learning Indicators. The course includes lecture, discussion, videos and vignettes, assignments, and requires students to begin developing a personal teaching philosophy. It is also a writing intensive course which incorporates writing instruction and professional writing expectations throughout all course assignments and activities.
CPSY 5252 - Facilitating Social and Emotional Learning in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course explores social and emotional development throughout the early childhood (0-8) years. Explore the variety of ways that social interactions and emotional understanding occur in young children with a special emphasis on the role of adults in facilitating these processes. Students will encounter a blend of theory and application as they learn to promote children's mental health, understand special circumstances such as trauma, and respond to challenging behaviors across early learning settings. prereq: CPSY 2301 or equiv or inst consent. For Early Childhood or ECSE students.
CPSY 5253 - Facilitating Cognitive and Language Learning in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of cognitive and language characteristics of children ages 0-8 years and of how teachers can plan curriculum to facilitate children's development in these areas. prereq: CPSY 2301 or equiv or inst consent. For Early Childhood or ECSE students.
CPSY 5254 - Facilitating Creative and Motor Learning in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Learn how young children develop creativity and motor skills from birth - age 8. Engage in hands-on exploration of creative classroom materials and reflection. Complete action-oriented and applied assignments with small groups of children in early childhood education settings. prereq: CPSY 2301 or equiv or inst consent. For Early Childhood and ECSE students.
EPSY 5221 - Principles of Educational and Psychological Measurement
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Concepts, principles, and methods in educational/psychological measurement. Reliability, validity, item analysis, scores, score reports (e.g., grades). Modern measurement theories, including item response theory and generalizability theory. Emphasizes construction, interpretation, use, and evaluation of assessments regarding achievement, aptitude, interests, attitudes, personality, and exceptionality.
EPSY 5243 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introductory course in program evaluation; planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; overview of the field of program evaluation.
EPSY 5625 - Education of Infants, Toddlers, and Preschool Children with Disabilities: Introduction
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of the issues, problems, and practical applications in designing early intervention services for young children with disabilities and their families.
EPSY 5849 - Multi-tiered Systems of Support in Early Childhood Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
This course explores how multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS) are applied in early childhood settings. The course features content on early childhood assessment, intervention, data-based decision making, treatment integrity and information on how to apply MTSS models with unique early childhood populations. This course focuses on educational settings for children ages birth to 5 and is intended primarily for educational psychology students (or students from related disciplines) interested in basic and applied information regarding evidence-based service delivery for young children. The course will explore the three primary components of MTSS frameworks: assessment, intervention and data-based decision making including review of assessments and intervention techniques for infants and preschoolers in various developmental domains. Enrolled students will engage in a variety of instructional strategies to learn the noted content including large and small group discussion, lectures, active learning opportunities to practice and build capacity for specified interventions, technology-based interactions to support intervention, assessment and databased decision making and cooperative learning opportunities to engage content using dynamic methods.
FSOS 5032 - Family Systems Theories and Interventions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Systemic/cybernetic frameworks as they apply to diverse families. Thinking systemically about families across multiple ecological systems. How to identify crucial epistemological issues in theoretical/applied areas of family science. Theoretical frameworks. Experiential role-playing, guest presenters, videos, field work, research projects, reading clubs, class discussion. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
FSOS 8106 - Seminar: Families From an Economic Perspective
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Conceptual/methodological/economic perspectives of family social science. Family investments in human/social capital. Diversities in families. Interface of public policies and family economic well-being.
NURS 5032 - Human Response to Health and Illness: Children and Childbearing Families
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Focus is on family responses to health and illness. Application of the nursing process in children and childbearing families is emphasized. The family as the unit of care is the focus of a seminar.
OLPD 5346 - Politics of Education
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Political dimensions of policy formulation/implementation in education. Use of power/influence in shaping educational policies and in resolving conflicts over educational issues. Analysis of consequences/cross-impacts. prereq: postbac, MEd, or grad student
OLPD 5356 - Disability Policy and Services
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Policy, research, and current practices related to education, health, and social services that support children, youth, and adults with special needs, and that support their families. Federal, state, and local perspectives.
OLPD 5501 - Principles and Methods of Evaluation
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EdPA 5501/EPsy 5243
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to program evaluation. Planning an evaluation study, collecting and analyzing information, reporting results; evaluation strategies; overview of the field of program evaluation.
OLPD 8015 - Inquiry strategies in educational and organizational research
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions and audience considerations to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. prereq: [8011 or EDPA 8011], OLPD PhD student
OLPD 8016 - Research Design and Educational Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01843
Typically offered: Every Fall
Logic of research design, from research questions to selecting a design for collecting/analyzing quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method data. Writing proposals that build a reasoned statement of research problem. prereq: [8015 or EDPA 8015], CEHD doctoral student, instr consent
OLPD 8087 - Seminar: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topical issues.
OLPD 8095 - Problems: Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 24.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study on issues of educational policy/administration. Arranged with instructor.
OLPD 8302 - Educational Policy Perspectives
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public policy issues in education. Historical, international, political, research perspectives. Current policy strategies for reforming U.S. public schools.
POL 8602 - Families, Children, and the State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Politics of family, sex, and children. Comparative perspective. Family autonomy vs. state authority. Political struggles over the definition of family, sex, and marriage. Crisis in fatherhood. Children.s rights. Globalization of Western ideology of childhood. Political realities of third-world childhood. Theories of political efficacy in family/child advocacy.
PUBH 6606 - Children's Health: Life Course and Equity Perspectives
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring & Summer
Overview of public health issues related to children in the United States. Focus on identifying and planning public health strategies, policies, and programs to improve health of infants and children.
PUBH 6607 - Adolescent Health: Issues, Programs, and Policies
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Major public health issues of adolescents in the United States. Emphasizes prevention and health promotion strategies and effectiveness of programs and policies.
PUBH 6613 - Children and Youth With Special Health Care Needs
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Principles, programs, policies, and practices for identifying/meeting needs of children/youth with special health care needs in the United States. Epidemiology, historic/current legislation, organization/delivery. Readings, online discussions, written assignments. prereq: Graduate-level student in [AHC programs or education or social work or psychology]
PUBH 6630 - Foundations of Maternal and Child Health Leadership
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01483 - PubH 6630/PubH 6655
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/current principles, programs, policies, and practices related to women, children, adolescents, and families. Articulating a personal leadership style/plan for development of leadership competencies. Leadership principles, skills, and models applied to improving health of MCH populations. prereq: Public Health MCH major or instr consent
PUBH 6634 - Children and Families: Public Health Policy and Advocacy
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course will focus on how public policies at the federal, state and local level influence children's health. Students will develop practical skills to understand, analyze, communicate, and advocate on children’s policy issues. The course will include presentations and discussions with Minnesota's current leaders in children's health policy including legislators, advocates, and state commissioners. Instructor information: Lauren Gilchrist is the Senior Policy Advisor to Governor Mark Dayton. In this role, she works with commissioners, legislators, local government and stakeholders to advance health and human services policy issues for the state of Minnesota. She previously served as an advisor to the late Senator Ted Kennedy and Senator Al Franken.
PUBH 6655 - Principles and Programs in Maternal and Child Health
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01483 - PubH 6630/PubH 6655
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Public health perspective for assessing/meeting health needs of women, children, adolescents, and families. Historical/current principles, programs, policies, and practices related to these populations.
PUBH 6945 - From Kid to Community: Personal, Environmental, and Policy Interventions Targeting Youth Obesity
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Summer
Overview of child and adolescent obesity from public health perspective.
SW 5905 - Permanency in Child Welfare
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Depth/breadth in knowledge/skill acquisition in achieving permanency for children receiving services within public, tribal, and private child welfare systems. Out-of-home/permanency placements, specific permanency interventions, and child/family responses to different permanency options. prereq: Grad student or dept consent
SW 8363 - Social Work in Child Welfare
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Public, private, tribal child welfare related to assessment of strengths/risks. Develop appropriate plans that secure child safety/well-being. prereq: [5051, 5101, 8151, 8152, 8153, 8841] or MSW Adv Standing or instr consent
PA 8081 - Capstone Workshop
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Project for external client on issue agreed upon by student, client, and instructor. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives from core courses. Written report with analysis and policy recommendations. Oral presentation. Topics vary by term. prereq: completion of core courses or instr consent
PA 8082 - Professional Paper-Writing Seminar
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Facilitates completion of research paper on current issues in public policy, management, and science, technology and environment. Students apply interdisciplinary methods, approaches, and perspectives studied in core courses. Written report includes analysis of issue, policy recommendations. All topics accepted. Plan A students welcome. prereq: completion of core courses, or instr consent
PA 8921 - Master's: Professional Paper (Individual Option)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Students work under guidance of paper adviser and committee members to complete their Professional Paper (individual option). prereq: instr consent
PA 8991 - Independent Study
Credits: 0.5 -4.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Independent study. Limit of 6 credits applied toward a Humphrey School of Public Affairs degree or post-baccalaureate certificate program.