Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching

Advance Your Career as an Early Childhood or Expanded Learning Opportunities Coach

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Times: Days, Flexible
  • Cost: $4,050

About this Program


Studies have shown that top-quality instruction and caregiving from an early age can make a major difference in children’s subsequent educational achievement and well-being. Highly trained early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches are a crucial part of this effort. 

In this certificate program, we’ll examine the guiding principles and key skills of Practice-Based Coaching in early childhood and before- and after-school settings. You’ll deepen your understanding of foundational coaching practices that promote engaging interactions and positive behavior support through culturally responsive relationships, development of shared goals, focused observation, reflection and feedback. You’ll also develop an understanding of trauma and how to engage in trauma-informed coaching. 

This program is completely online and designed to allow coaches to practice coaching in an online environment.

Designed For

Early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches.

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What You'll Learn

  • Culturally responsive coaching
  • Relationship-based professional development competencies
  • Best practices for coaching for promoting positive behavior support and engaging interactions and environments
  • Best practices for trauma-informed coaching 
  • Data-driven goal setting, action planning and focused observation

Apply for a Scholarship

Your agency or program may have scholarship funds that you can access. This program has a high probability for qualifying for those professional development funds, so it is always good to check with your supervisor to see if you qualify for a scholarship. Applying for a scholarship needs to be done separately from applying for this certificate program.

Washington state coaches: All early childhood coaches who work for Child Care Aware of Washington or the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) are eligible to apply for a scholarship through Child Care Aware of Washington. Students must apply for the scholarship separately but should do so at the same time as they apply to the certificate program to expedite the admissions process. This is a Washington state scholarship opportunity; if you are a coach in another state or coaching system, there may be similar opportunities. 

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to nine credits toward degree requirements should you later be accepted into a UW undergraduate or graduate degree program. Because policies vary, check with your intended degree program to make sure the credits will apply before you register for the first course in the certificate program. If you’re enrolled in a degree program at a different institution, check with your program administration to see whether these credits will count toward your degree requirements. Learn more about credit options

Program Overview

Complete the courses listed below to earn the certificate. You may be able to take individual courses without enrolling in the certificate program; check the course pages for details.

Learning Format

Online With Real-Time Meetings

Combine the convenience of online learning with the immediacy of real-time interaction. You’ll stream courses online and interact with your instructors and fellow students via chat, web conferencing or phone, all in real time. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Closed Sessions

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