Certificate in Practice-Based Coaching

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

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Program Details

  • Location: UW Seattle, Online
  • Duration: 5 months
  • Times: Weekends, Days, Flexible
  • Cost: $3,600

About this Program


Note: This program was previously titled Certificate in Early Childhood Coaching.


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, school age and youth settings. You’ll deepen your understanding of foundational coaching practices that promote engaging interactions and positive behavior support through culturally responsive shared goals, action plans, focused observation, reflection and feedback. Help boost the quality of early childhood and after-school program instruction and care with proven strategies and techniques.

Designed For

Early childhood and expanded learning opportunities coaches who want to acquire coaching competencies for collaborative partnerships in early learning and after-school settings.

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What You'll Learn

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

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll complete a supervised coaching internship at a self-selected site, create a competency-based 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.

Earn Credit Toward Your Degree

By completing this certificate program, you can earn up to 9 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. 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

Blended (Classroom + Online)

Enjoy a blend of in-person classes and online study. You’ll learn with the same group of students throughout the program, getting ample opportunity to connect with each other and your instructors. Practice-Based Coaching I and II each require two full days of classes on the UW Seattle campus. The third course is an independent field-study internship. See course pages for details.

Program Sessions

Closed Sessions