Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching

Advance Your Career as an Early Childhood Coach


Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 9 months
  • Cost: $4,140 (estimated)

Next start date:

September 25, 2024

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About this Program

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 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 learning environments. 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 learn more about coaching instructional leaders with a focus on the whole program. This program also helps coaches develop an understanding of trauma and how to engage in coaching for equity and trauma-informed care. 

Designed For

Early childhood coaches and those involved in early learning who incorporate coaching into their work.

Apply for a Scholarship

You may be able to access scholarships or professional development funds through your agency or program. In Washington state, all early childhood educators who are residents of Washington state are encouraged to apply for the Early Learning Equity Scholarship administered through University of Washington’s College of Education.

Coaches in other states or coaching systems may have 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. Credits may also count toward degree requirements at other institutions. 

Learn More

This program is offered by the UW College of Education. For more information and to apply, visit the Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching page on UW’s Cultivate Learning website.

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