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Early Childhood Education (PreK-2) Professional Licensure Certificate

Bay Path University’s Professional Licensure Certificate is designed for educators seeking to gain expertise in the area of literacy instruction and advance their Massachusetts initial teaching license to professional status. Completion of this 12-credit certificate program prepares educators to position themselves in their organizations as knowledgeable of current trends and best practices related to the science of reading. Furthermore, the certificate program provides educators with applicable learning experiences embedded within the theories of practice presented within the program’s courses.

  • 12 Credit Certificate
  • 100% Online Courses

For curriculum information, visit our online catalog.

Admissions Requirements

Prospective students may apply for admission to the Graduate Certificate programs throughout the year.

For consideration, applicants must submit the following to the Office of Graduate Admissions (the same admissions requirements apply to students who will enroll in only one course):

  1. A completed application - Apply Now 
  2. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts (undergraduate degree must be from an accredited college or university)
  3. An original essay of at least 250 words on the topic: “Why A Graduate Certificate in (insert name of specific certificate) is important to my personal and professional goals"
  4. A current resume
  5. Two recommendations - Download the form here
  6. A signed program requirement form - Download the form here

All documentation, including recommendation forms and official transcripts, may be mailed or emailed directly to Bay Path University Office of Graduate Admissions:

By Mail:
Bay Path University
Office of Graduate Admissions
588 Longmeadow Street
Longmeadow, MA 01106

By Email:

Please visit the MSEd/EdS in Early Childhood Education program page to learn about program options and more!