Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Education Coaching


Undergraduate Certificate Graduate 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.

The Program at a Glance

School: School of Education & Human Development Campus: Online Classroom: Fully Online Recommended completion time: 12 months Credits required for completion: 9

The Details

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.


Admissions Requirements

Non-degree Application and Registration

Instructions for Non-Degree Application:
Skip this step if you are already a current CU Denver student.

  1. Navigate to the Admissions Dashboard click “Log In” if you have started an application or “Create an account” if you are new to CU Denver
  2. Select "Start New Application"
  3. Select "Continuing and Professional Education"
  4. Click the "Create Application" button
  5. Select "Continuing and Professional Education" (again)
  6. Click the "Open Application" button
  7. Select Graduate or Undergraduate CPE Non-degree
  8. Fill in the rest of the application with your information and submit

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

After Applying, Register for Spring 2021 ECED 4410/5410:

If you are registering before 5PM on 1/23/2021, please register ONLINE via UCD Access:

  1. Sign in at, using the username provided in the email you received and the password that you created at the beginning of the application process.
  2. In the Student tab, click Registration/Records and select “Register for Classes”
  3. Select the term: Spring 2021
  4. Verify personal information and agree to Tuition Payment Disclosure
  5. Enter your five-digit class number (see below) into the field “Class Nbr” and click Enter
    • Undergrad Class Number: 42819
    • Graduate Class Number: 42820
  6. Verify course information and click Next
  7. Select classes from your shopping cart and click Proceed to Step 2 of 4
  8. Click Finish Enrolling and look for a green check mark 

If you are registering after 1/23/2021, you will need your instructor’s permission to enroll. Please contact us for assistance.

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