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. Help boost the quality of early childhood and before- and after-school program education and care with proven strategies and techniques.
Early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches who want to acquire coaching competencies for collaborative partnerships in early learning and before- and after-school settings.
What You'll Learn
- Culturally responsive coaching
- Relationship-based professional development competencies
- Best practices for coaching to promote positive behavior support
- Best practices for coaching to promote engaging interactions and environments
- Data-driven goal setting, action planning and focused observation
Get Hands-On Experience
- Create and reflect on video observations of your coaching sessions
- Complete an e-portfolio highlighting your coaching practice and give a presentation to peers and faculty
Apply for a Scholarship
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.