Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Coaching

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Undergraduate Certificate Graduate Certificate

Clasroom Type: Fully Online

Provides experiential learning in best coaching practices for teacher-leaders, coaches, directors, principals, home childcare providers, early interventionists, special education staff or anyone looking to enhance their coaching skills.

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: Online

Curriculum: ECED 4410/5410 Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Foundations ECED 4420/5420 Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Awareness ECED 4430/5430 Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Attuning

Coaching has been shown to have a major influence on early childhood teaching practice that, in turn, improves program quality and child growth outcomes in early childhood settings. Quality relationship-based teaching and learning is instrumental to positive early childhood experiences. The coach-coachee relationship that focuses specifically on quality learning in those settings is essential to comprehensive professional development.

The University of Colorado Denver’s online Early Childhood Coaching Certificate provides experiential learning in best coaching practices for teacher-leaders, coaches, directors, principals, home childcare providers, early interventionists, special education staff or anyone looking to enhance their coaching skills. This three-course certificate will provide you with foundational coaching skills and practices, peer connections, reflection, and self-awareness. Strong coaching relationships will help you achieve positive results with coworkers, networks, and children in your care.

It’s the only university certificate in the U.S. that pairs the early childhood field with universal coaching strategies. It is less focused on specific curriculum and assessment tools. Instead, it is uniquely designed to work seamlessly and in coordination with most early childhood curricular approaches and teaching practices.

Discover research-based strategies that will help you deepen your understanding of collaborative coaching and advance your ECE career. Learn to promote engaging and culturally supportive actions to make a difference in the lives of teachers and young students.

Certificate Structure and Cost

Complete the coaching certificate conveniently online

This online coaching certificate program provides the best of both worlds: a combination of online and synchronous learning. In addition to individual work that you will complete throughout the semester, each course meets virtually via Zoom for Tuesday and Saturday classes. Courses require fieldwork that can also be completed virtually. We strongly recommend that these courses be taken in sequence and that students commit to all three courses and to the full completion of the program. Your learning to conduct relationship-based coaching, is enhanced when learning with a consistent group of other students who are also committed to the full certificate.


The cost of tuition and fees for the three three-credit courses is $1173 per course, plus textbooks.

Known for excellence

Many educational leaders and coaches have received their advanced degrees from CU Denver. We have a name that is recognized for preparing leaders who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and social justice. Additionally, CU Denver’s School of Education & Human Development is a top school according to U.S. News & World Report.

Expert faculty

Our faculty are directly connected to the issues facing educational coaches today. With current connections to educators on the local, state, national and international levels, they are well-versed in the current and future climate that coaches face. Their guidance will prepare you to further your career while promoting social justice and inclusion in early childhood settings.

About the School of Education & Human Development

The School of Education & Human Development (SEHD) at the University of Colorado Denver attracts students who are passionate about careers in teaching and mental health. We match their passion with an education that is rooted in diversity, technology, proven approaches and real-world practice. That’s why our graduates are prepared to make immediate and life-long impacts on people, communities and the world. Our graduates are recognized to be among the most prepared in the nation to support diverse languages, cultures and abilities in the classroom.

Recommended Completion Time:12 months

Required Credits for Completion:9 Credits

Admission Requirements

The next cohort for the certificate program will begin January 2022. Application and registration information will be available November 2021.

For more information about the application and registration, email cpe@ucdenver.edu or call 303-315-5000.

Application​ deadlines

New Cohort Begins January 2022