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: Flexible
  • Cost: $4,050

Next start date:

September 25, 2019

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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.

Designed For

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.

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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.

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

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your program with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. Courses are 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Program Sessions

Online, Group-Paced