The Certificate for Early Childhood Education (ECEd) is specially designed to cater the needs of learners who wish to start their preschool or work as preschool teacher in existing preschool.

This Certificate Programme will help create awareness about the principles and the best practices in early childhood education & development and enable learners to work more effectively.


  • To create understanding of the principles behind the existing training methods followed at the domain of Early Childhood Education and Development.
  • To master effective teaching-learning skills of the Preschool level.
  • To sharpen the entrepreneurial skills of learners.
  • To generate skilled and trained human resource to work in the area of early childhood education.


  • Regular / in-class
  • Distance Learning/ Correspondence Early Childhood Education



Minimum Duration – 6 Months
Maximum Duration – 1 Year


Minimum Age – 18 Years
Maximum Age – No Bar
Education – 10th Pass



Title of the Course Credits
ECE01 Understanding National Curriculum Framework and Status of ECE in India 2
ECE02 Concepts and Components of ECED 3
ECE03 Holistic Development of Children 4
ECE04 School Readiness 4
ECE05 Organisation and Management of Preschool Centre 3
ECE06 Business Skills for Preschool Entrepreneurs 3
Total 19



This will be joint Certification of Smart Steps Institute and Pratham.


Our approach of Programme delivery is more learner-oriented and the learner is an active participant in teaching-learning process. Most of the instructions are imparted through distance education methodology and face-to-face mode as per the requirement.


Programme Delivery



Faculty Contact Sessions
Residential/Non-Residential Camps
Audio & Visual Material

Self Study

Study  Material

Things to do

Project & Assignments
Practicals, Field Work


Continuous Evaluation
Final Exams
  • The study material for both theory and practical components of the programme will be given.
  • Counselling Sessions – The faculty and students will meet and interact at pre-decided periodic counselling sessions to ensure personal attention. Students can get their doubts clarifies in these sessions, thereby facilitating effective learning.
  • Teleconferences will be organized during the period of certificate programme.
  • Practicals/Project Work – The main focus of this certificate programme is to provide hands-on training to the learners. Thus, more of practicals and project works will be given


The candidates will be evaluated broadly through continuous evaluation (CE – 40%) and Term-End Examination (TEE – 60%). The system of evaluation will be different from that of conventional systems. This program will have multi-tier system of evaluation i.e. self evaluation, continuous evaluation mainly through project & assignments, term-end examination, practical etc.