Coronavirus Update

For the safety of our community, UWPCE programs will be taught remotely for the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information, see our Coronavirus FAQ


The program begins in January 2021. We are accepting applications until 5 p.m. on December 1, 2020. We will consider applications received after that date if space is available.

Application Steps


  • Professional resume that includes clear job descriptions, educational degree(s) and any additional qualifications related to working or coaching in the fields of early childhood or before- and after-school programs
  • Personal statement that addresses the following:
    • What are your current job responsibilities as they relate specifically to coaching?
    • How long have you been using practice-based coaching?
    • How many individual sites do you currently visit to provide coaching support?
    • Describe a successful coaching experience you've had in the past year and what you think made it successful.
    • Describe a challenging coaching experience you've had in the past year, how you dealt with it, and what, if anything, you would have done differently.
    • Describe your learning style and what motivates you to set and achieve goals.
  • One letter of recommendation from a direct supervisor that includes information about the applicant's:
    • Current job and job responsibilities
    • Competency in coaching, including areas of strength and areas for growth
    • Motivation and readiness to actively engage in participatory learning and communities of practice in person and in an online environment
    • Examples that demonstrate the applicant's commitment to the field of coaching


Complete your application and submit your resume and personal statement online, along with your $50 nonrefundable application fee.

Please email your letter of recommendation to

After Applying

We’ll contact you within 10 business days after the application deadline to let you know if you’ve been accepted to the program.

If you’re accepted, we’ll send you details about your first-term course, including information on how to register and pay your course fees. Payment is due no later than two days before your first class.

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To apply, you must have:

  • Experience coaching adults in an early childhood or expanded learning opportunities settings for at least one year
  • Attended some basic training related to practice-based coaching (such as the Early Achievers two-day coach framework training, the Expanded Learning Opportunities practice-based coaching training, Head Start Practice-Based Coach Training, etc.)
  • Comfort with or willingness to learn to use online technologies. The course is fully online and will use the Canvas platform and the Coaching Companion website. Video recording, uploading and commenting online are critical elements of assignments.

Application requirements are specific and depend on whether the applicant falls into the Early Childhood category or the Expanded Learning Opportunities category.


To apply, you must have:

  • At least one year of experience working in an early childhood-related field, such as a family childcare facility, preschool or childcare center
  • Earned a score of “reliable” in CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System) or ERS 3 (Environmental Rating Scales 3)
  • Basic knowledge of:
    • How young children develop and learn from birth to age 5
    • What nurturing, stable and learning-extended adult-child interactions look like
    • How to respectfully and effectively communicate across cultures
  • Identified an educational or caregiving site(s) and at least three educators, staff and/or providers willing to collaborate and be video-recorded with the student on coaching certificate assignments
  • A minimum of an associate's degree in early childhood education, child development or human development

Category 2: Expanded learning opportunities (ELO)

To apply, you must have:

  • At least one year of experience working in a before- or after-school program or summer program
  • Earned a score of “reliable” in YPQA (Youth Program Quality Assessment) and/or SAPQA (School Age Program Quality Assessment) or Social Emotional Learning Program Quality Assessment
  • Basic knowledge of:
    • How youth develop and learn from school age to adolescence
    • What nurturing, stable and learning-extended adult-youth interactions look like
    • How to engage families in student learning
    • How to respectfully and effectively communicate across cultures
  • Identified an educational or caregiving site and at least one client willing to collaborate with the student on coaching certificate assignments

Some college experience is recommended.

English Proficiency

If English is not your native language, you should have at least intermediate English skills to enroll. To learn more, see English Language Proficiency Requirements – Noncredit Programs.

International Students

To enroll, international students must have a visa that permits study in the United States. This program does not enable students to obtain or maintain F-1 visa status. For more information, see Admission Requirements for International Students.


You must have:

  • Access to a computer with Flash and a recent web browser
  • A microphone and portable device to video-record coaching sessions
  • A high-speed internet connection is recommended

Earning the Certificate

You earn the certificate by adhering to the program's attendance policy and successfully completing all required courses. For more information, see Earning the Certificate.

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