Play and Learning Graduate Certificate
Start in the Spring and Finish in TWO semesters
BGSU is the only university in the United States currently offering this program entirely online. The Graduate Certificate in Play and Learning provides individuals with content and hands-on practice of skills to create and evaluate play spaces and play-based activities for people of all ages.
Humans of all ages play, yet we sometimes fail to recognize its value as anything more than fun. The Play and Learning Certificate challenges students to examine play and its provision in a scholarly and hands-on manner to prepare them to provide rich, free-play and play-based learning experiences across the life span.
Graduate Certificate in Play and Learning
Advance Your Career
- Become qualified to provide free-play opportunities and play-based educational programming in a variety of informal settings
- Official acknowledgement of training and expertise in play and play provision from a highly-respected institution
- Pursue a pathway for an online master’s degree in Curriculum and Teaching
four online courses
Tuition estimate $5,733
Finish in 2 semesters
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The program consists of four courses (12 semester hours). Courses must be taken in numerical sequence starting in the spring semester.
- EDTL 5801: Play and Learning Across the Lifespan (1st 7 weeks spring)
- EDTL 5802: Creating and Providing Play Opportunities (2nd 7 weeks spring)
- EDTL 5803: Evaluation of Play Environments and Practice (1st 6 weeks summer)
- EDTL 5804: Field Research Project (1st and 2nd 6 weeks summer)
Why a Graduate Certificate in Play and Learning?
The Graduate Certificate in Play and Learning provides individuals with content and hands-on practice of skills to create and evaluate play spaces and play-based activities for people of all ages. Students examine the benefits of play across all age groups and developmental domains (e.g., emotional, cognitive, psychological and physical), learn and practice strategies for providing rich play experiences, and implement methods of evaluating and reflecting upon their play provision. The understandings and skills are applicable to a variety of informal educational environments, including childcare and eldercare facilities, zoos, museums, youth camps, and metroparks, as well as formal PreK-16 settings.
- Articulate the benefits of play across developmental domains and age groups.
- Identify aspects of the physical and social environment that can promote different types of play and learning.
- Evaluate the impact of the physical and social environment on human play, happiness, and learning.
- Critically reflect on the practice of the play provider to foster play, happiness, and learning.
Applicants to the graduate certificate in Play and Learning must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a 3.0 GPA or better. Applicants are required to submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended. Upon admission, final official or notarized copies of transcripts from all institutions where degrees were earned and diplomas from international institutions must be submitted. A statement of purpose is also required.
Submit Your Graduate College Application Online
For Area of Study, select “Certificate” AND “Software Engineering - Certificate (eCampus)”
Note: All graduate level programs use the same Graduate College Application. A $45 nonrefundable application fee is assessed for domestic applications. The international application fee is $75.
Submit scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts from all institutions attended to the Graduate College. Upon admission, final official transcripts from each degree granting institution must be submitted.
Request official transcripts be sent to:
120 McFall Center
Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH 43403
You will be enrolled in and receive your certificate from the College of Education and Human Development
All courses count toward a Master of Education in Curriculum and Teaching.