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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.  The first course in this series can be taken as an alternative to the Relationship-Based Professional Development (RBPD) training the state and the Colorado Coaching Consortium requires for a Colorado Early Childhood Coaching Credential.   More information about the Colorado Coaching Consortium and the Colorado Coaching Credential 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.  Students can register for the courses as either undergraduate or graduate-level credit.

Certificate Format

Hybrid: online and face-to-face.

All three courses meet in Denver three weekends per term: Friday evening and Saturday full day.  Courses also require field work.


All courses are three credit hours. Tuition for each course is significantly reduced to $260/credit ; $780 per course plus student fees.  Approximately $2,600 per certificate.

Related Degree Programs

MA Early Childhood Education

Any of the three courses can be applied as an elective course to the MA in Early Childhood Education.

Courses Sequence & Term Offered
ECED 4410/ECED 5410: Using Coaching Skills in Early Childhood Settings                              
​​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 4420/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 4430/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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