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Buell Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

Buell Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

Buell Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

The Buell Early Childhood Leadership Program (BECLP) is an 18 credit, graduate certificate offered in partnership with the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Education and Human Development and the Clayton Early Learning with generous support from the Buell Foundation.  The goal of this pro​gram is to support existing and emerging leaders in the field of early care and education to become effective agents for change, aligning values, voice, and actions to create equity, opportunity, and educational excellence for all young children and families in Colorado.

Certificate Structure

The BECLP offers a diverse cohort structure with ongoing individualized student support, a summer leadership symposium and retreat, and a mentorship experience.  The courses follow a standards based curriculum and are taught by co-instructors using a hybrid model. 

Course Schedule

  • Courses will be offered to a cohort of 20 Buell Fellows in a hybrid format off-campus at Clayton Early Learning unless noted otherwise.
  • The 2017-2018 cohort begins in June 2017 and ends July 2018.
  • Fellows attend a full-day Orientation and five-day summer leadership symposium and retreat.
  • Courses will meet in person one weekend per month at Clayton Early Learning unless noted otherwise, with online work between in person meetings.
  • Friday evening classes are from 4:00pm to 9:00pm and Saturday classes are from 8:00am to 5:00pm with a one hour lunch break, with the exception of one Friday class from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

Application Details & Information Sessions

Minimum qualifications to apply to the program include:

  • Conferred Bachelor’s degree
  • Minimum of three years of experience in the field of early childhood care and education, including the following areas: early learning, professional development, family engagement, health and mental health, and policy and advocacy.
Applications for the 2017-2018 cohort are no longer being accepted. The application cycle for the 2018-2019 cohort will open in fall.

Please don’t hesitate to call us at 720-639-9228 or email us at

Information Sessions

Information sessions will be hosted in a variety of locations throughout Colorado on a variety of dates each fall. These sessions will be an opportunity for those interested in the program to meet Buell faculty and learn more about the program and the application process.  Click here for information about all scheduled information sessions.  Interested candidates can attend an information session in person or via video conference.  Please RSVP to to attend any information session either in person or via video conference. Information about scheduled information sessions will be available in the fall.


Generous funding by the Buell Foundation provides for each admitted student (Buell Fellow) to receive a scholarship for the 18 required credits. Fellows will incur costs throughout the year related to books, travel, and lodging while attending classes in Denver. 

Meet the 9th Cohort
Click here to see the newest Buell Fellows for 2016-2017.

Related Degree Programs

MA Early Childhood Education

Administrative Leadership in Policy Studies MA--Buell Fellows can transfer 15 of the 18-credits earned after completion of the Buell program to this Master's Degree.

    Buell Early Childhood Leadership Courses Term Offered
    Child Development - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON Summer 1
    Introduction to Leadership Theories - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON Summer 1
    Leadership for Equity -MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON Fall 
    Leading Learning Organizations - MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON Fall 
    Capstone: Action Research ​- MORE INFORMATION COMING SOON​
    Spring and Summer 2 

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