Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Technology



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Program Overview

The Tufts Early Childhood Technology (ECT) certificate program is designed for educators and practitioners working with young children in pre-kindergarten through second grade in diverse educational settings such as schools, museums, libraries, and daycares. The program will develop students’ knowledge and skills in technology and engineering with a focus on early childhood.


The program will have four courses housed within the Department of Child Study & Human Development. The program philosophy is inspired by over a decade and a half of research on early childhood technology by the DevTech Research Group led by Professor Marina Umaschi Bers. Through the content courses students will have hands-on experience with using developmentally appropriate robotics kits such as KIBO, computer programming apps such as ScratchJr, engineering and building activities, and more. Students will explore the use of educational technology for young children in maker-spaces and other informal learning environments.  

Three courses are completed online and the final course in completed in person at Tufts University. The required courses include an introduction to early childhood education (Online Seminar in Early Childhood Education) and a foundational course on educational technology (Online Seminar on Technological Tools for Playful Learning). These courses are completed online. Having completed the required courses will provide a backbone for students to explore their own interests. Students will be able to choose one more class from two online electives: Online Seminar on Social & Emotional Development in Schools or Online Seminar Designing Educational Environments for Children.

Finally, the program culminates with a one-week in-person Early Childhood Technology Summit (the last required class). This intensive summit allows students to spend one week working with program faculty from the DevTech Research Group and exploring curriculum development with educational technologies. During this time, students will also get to work hands-on with children, implementing curricular experiences at the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School and complete guided observations in a supervised setting. This summit also allows students to build connections with their certificate program cohort.

Program Faculty

Marina Umaschi Bers, Program Director
Professor Marina Umaschi Bers is a professor at the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development and an adjunct professor in the Computer Science Department at Tufts University. She heads the interdisciplinary Developmental Technologies Research Group. Her research involves the design and study of innovative learning technologies to promote children's positive development.

Amanda Sullivan, Associate Director
Amanda Sullivan is a researcher in the Developmental Technologies Research Group. Her work involves developing new tools for young children, teaching with technology in pre-kindergarten through third grade settings, running professional development trainings for teachers, developing curricula, and assessing student learning. 


The deadline to apply for Fall admission is August 31. A Bachelor’s degree is required to apply. GREs are not required.

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