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School of Education and Human Development University of Colorado Denver

School of Education and Human Development

Early Childhood Coaching Certificate

Early Childhood Coaching Certificate

Early Childhood Coaching Certificate

The Early Childhood Coaching Certificate is offered in collaboration with the Colorado Coaching Consortium.  Designed around the Colorado Coaching Competencies, this 9-credit, 3-course series strengthens and enhances the early childhood professional's coaching practices through foundational coaching skills, practical hands-on experiences, peer networking, reflection, and self- awareness.  More information about the Colorado Coaching Consortium and the Colorado Coaching Competencies can be found here

Certificate Structure

In order to construct a more complete foundation in, and understanding of, the process of 'best practice' coaching, it is recommended that these courses be taken in sequence.  

Certificate Format



All courses are three graduate credit hours and are offered in person. Tuition for each course is significantly reduced to $275/credit (includes $265 for tuition plus $10 student fees); $825 per course' $2,475 per certificate.

Related Degree Programs

MA Early Childhood Education

ECED 5410 can be applied as an elective course. Experienced coaches can petition to apply ECED 5420 or ECED 5430 as the elective course.

Courses Sequence & Term Offered
ECED 5410: Foundation & Organization                                 
​​This course is designed to support early childhood coaches using material from research-based sources and program experiences.  Participants will learn best practices and develop a systematic, individualized approach to effective coaching. Coaching practice will focus on developing a relationship-based approach and individualized interactions with diverse adult learners. Materials and discussions will include interpersonal communication skills and a systematic approach to more intentional coaching. Students will apply these strategies to case studies and field work experiences throughout the course and will participate in hands-on class activities to apply new skills.

ECED 5420: Connecting Awareness with Application & Deepening of Practice

This course is designed to identify effective ongoing support strategies for individuals providing coaching.  Participants will integrate skills with effective application in real life coaching experiences. Discussions will include self-reflective practices, self-directed action, planning and goal setting, and managing progress and accountability. Students will apply these strategies to case studies and real-life experiences throughout the course.

ECED 5430: Attuning for Personal and Organizational  Change        
This course is designed to support the coach in creating a social learning climate where a synergy of shared learning and reflective dialogue about practice are examined, analyzed and refined.  While applying and expanding on the foundational skills of coaching and personal presence, participants will also examine systems and change theory to facilitate coaching for organizational change in diverse settings (home-based programming, early care settings, classrooms, school districts, etc.).

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