Undergraduate or Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Coaching

School of Education & Human Development


Degree: Undergraduate Certificate Graduate Certificate

Classroom 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 strengthen their coaching competencies and understanding of systems thinking.

Application​ deadlines

January 14, 2023

Program Details

Interest Categories: Education & Counseling

Campus: CU Denver Online

Coaching has been shown to have a major influence on early childhood professional 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 and coaching partner relationship focuses specifically on maximizing the human potential of professionals in the field.

The University of Colorado Denver’s three-course certificate will provide you with foundational coaching skills and practices, peer connections, reflection, self-awareness, and systems thinking. Strong coaching relationships will help you achieve positive results with coworkers, networks, and children in your care. The unique cohort model used in this coaching certificate program inspires equity, diversity and inclusion as the group creates collective accountability in co-learning. Students have come from all over the U.S., representing a variety of cultures and languages. They work in public, private, federally/state-funded, tribal, and regional early education programs.

This is the only university certificate in the U.S. that pairs the early childhood field with universal coaching strategies. It is uniquely designed to work seamlessly and in coordination with most early childhood curricular approaches and teaching practices.

Discover research-based strategies that support deepening 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 those in the early childhood community.

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 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. This program is unlike most courses, in that it is based on the cohort members’ individual and collective thinking and learning. Collective accountability and the relationship-based coaching approach is what makes the program dynamic and successful.


The cost of tuition and fees for the three three-credit courses is $1329 per course, plus textbooks and materials.

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.


  • ECED 4410/5410 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Foundations 3 credits

    Term offered: Spring

    Instructor: Kristen Klaassen

    The Foundations course focuses on learning, understanding and using relationship- and evidence-based coaching skills in early childhood settings. Students will practice the fundamentals of coaching using a systematic, individualized, reflective approach, and sharing experiences with others in the course.

    Starts: January 14, 2023

    Ends: May 13, 2023

    Location: Remote

    Zoom Sessions: (Tuesdays 5:00-7:30pm MST)

    • January 2023: 17, 24, 31
    • February 2023: 14, 28
    • March 2023: 14, 28
    • April 2023: 11, 25

    Registration Opens: November 17, 2022

    Registration Deadline: January 14, 2023

  • ECED 4420/5420 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Awareness 3 credits

    Term offered: Summer

    Instructor: Janet Humphryes

    The Awareness course focuses on increasing coaches’ skills at introspection, thoughtful planning, intentional and responsive application of coaching knowledge and skills, and continuous improvement. Students will integrate skills with effective application in class and real-life coaching experiences, managing self and coachee progress and accountability.

    Starts: May 14, 2023

    Ends: August 18, 2023

    Location: Remote

    Zoom Sessions: (8 Tuesdays 5:00-7:00pm MST, 1 Saturday 9:00am-1:30pm MST)

    • Tuesdays: 5:00-7:00pm MST: May 16, 23, 30; June 20, 27; July 11, 25; August 8
    • Saturdays: 9:00am-1:30pm MST: June 10

    Registration Opens: March 16, 2023

    Registration Deadline: May 14, 2023

  • ECED 4430/5430 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Attuning 3 credits

    Term offered: Fall

    Instructor: Geri Mendoza

    The Attuning course will integrate skills from the Foundations and Awareness courses to complete the EC Coaching Certificate. Students will practice refining and altering coaching and learn about sustainable, organizational change that embeds coaching in all professional practice.

    Starts: August 27, 2023

    Ends: December 22, 2023

    Location: Remote

    Zoom Sessions: (Tuesdays 5:00-7:30pm MST)

    • August 2023: 29
    • September 2023: 5, 19
    • October 2023: 3, 17, 24
    • November 2023: 14, 28
    • December 2023: 12

    Registration Opens: April 17, 2023

    Registration Deadline: August 27, 2023

Recommended Completion Time:12 months

Required Credits for Completion:9

Admission Requirements

The next cohort for the certificate program will begin January 2023.

How to Apply

  1. Apply Here
  2. Click “Sign up with your university credentials” if you have started an application or “Apply Now” if you are new to CU Denver.
  3. Select “Start New Application”
  4. Select “Continuing and Professional Education”
  5. Click “Create Application”
  6. Select “Continuing and Professional Education” (again)
  7. Click “Open Application”
  8. Select “Yes” to Are you applying for a School of Education and Human Development certificate?
  9. Select “Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Coaching”
  10. Click “Continue”
  11. Fill in the rest of the application with your information and submit
  12. Be sure to select “Spring 2023” as the admit term in the Academic Information section

HINT: If you are charged a $50 application fee, you are completing the wrong application. The Continuing and Professional Education certificate application is free!

Detailed instructions on how to apply.

How to Register

  1. Sign in to UCD Access, www.ucdenver.edu/ucdaccess, using the username and password you used during the application process.
  2. In the Student tab, click All Student Functions and select “Register for Classes”
  3. Select “Add Classes”
  4. Select the term Spring 2023 and Continue
  5. Verify personal information and agree to Tuition Payment Disclosure
  6. Select “Search by Class Number”
  7. Enter your five-digit class number into the field, click “Submit Class Number”
    1. Undergraduate Level: ECED 4410 class number: 41483
    2. Graduate Level: ECED 5410 class number: 41485
  8. Verify course information and click Next
  9. Select classes from your shopping cart and click “Add Selected Classes”
  10. Click “Finish Enrolling” and look for a green check mark

Registration Deadline: January 14, 2023

Drop Deadline with tuition refund: January 30, 2023

Information Sessions

Please join one of our information sessions to learn more about the Early Childhood Coaching Certificate program:

  1. Friday, December 16, 2022, 9-10am MST
  2. Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 5-6pm MST

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