Early Start Education Certificate Program for High School Students

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The Early Start Education Certificate Program provides up to 13 required credits for future elementary and secondary education majors as well as students pursuing a special education license addition. All classes are offered in a convenient online format, making it easier for high school students to get an early start on their college education. With a reduced tuition cost of $50 per credit hour, plus book fees, these courses offer real value to future UE Education students.

The certificate includes five courses for a total of 13 credit hours. Courses offered towards this certificate will be delivered through Blackboard, an online learning platform. While course offerings may vary by semester, the UE School of Education anticipates offering these courses during fall, spring, and summer sessions.


  • EDUC-100 History and Foundations of American Education (3 credits)
  • EDUC-201 Introduction to Special Education (3 credits)
  • HE-100 Concepts of Health and Wellness (1 credit)
  • PSYC-121 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
  • PSYC-226 Child & Adolescent Psychology (3 credits)

Eligibility Criteria

Eligible high school students can begin the Early Start Education Certificate courses the summer following sophomore year and continue through the summer after their senior year.

Applicants to the program should possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, as verified by the submission of official high school transcripts to CAL@evansville.edu.

Students with a cumulative GPA below 3.0 as verified by the submission of high school transcripts to CAL@evansville.edu who wish to be considered will be required to submit a one-page original essay (typed and double-spaced with one-inch margins) on the topic, “Why a career in education is important to me.” Additionally, these students must submit one letter of recommendation from a high school school counselor or teacher who supports the student’s plans to take online course work at a college level. While acceptance into the program is not guaranteed, it will be given consideration.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed information about the program.

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Room 304, Wallace Graves Hall