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The P-3 Leadership Certificate will provide elementary and early learning leaders with the skills and knowledge to lead cross-system improvements and to implement instructional reforms. This 10-month, fully online, executive-style program is for working professionals who want to engage in intentional and collaborative learning to deepen their understanding of child development, school leadership, and learning opportunities that dismantle historic inequities.

Our approach at the University of Colorado Denver is to support working professionals in an engaging, blended format of monthly modules completed through synchronous and asychronous sessions.


  • Develop strong leadership skills and knowledge to ensure a high-quality continuum of learning for students across early learning and the early grades
  • Learn effective strategies to link and align elementary schools with community-based early learning programs
  • Grow your abilities to effectively implement current reforms (e.g., school improvement plans, standards, teacher evaluations, transitions to kindergarten) in ways that benefit young children and education professionals
  • Advance effective strategies to involve families, teachers and communities in closing achievement gaps early

Why enroll?

While school readiness and ready schools were priorities before the pandemic, they have become even more important as school districts, ECE programs, state agencies, and other stakeholders grapple with the inequitable opportunities provided to our youngest learners. Now is an opportune time for school leaders to re-imagine and invest deeply in their skills and knowledge to design school cultures and collaborative teamwork, informed by research, that will close early achievement gaps and support young learners.

Who should participate?

  • Elementary school principals
  • School district administrators
  • School board members
  • Leaders in early care and education (ECE)
  • Teams that include leaders from both ECE and PreK-12 are strongly encouraged to enroll together.

The Details

June 2021 - March 2022

Time Commitment15 hours per month
Application Deadline June 11, 2021
Start Date June 21, 2021
Program Length 10 Months
Mode Fully Online
Credits9 CU Denver Academic Credits or 13.5 CEUs*
Program Cost$2000**
($1900 for members of NAESP)

*Program may be converted to academic credit

**Costs of materials not included

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