Coaching has been shown to have a significant influence on early childhood teaching practice which 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 Early Childhood Coaching Academy provides experiential learning in best coaching practices for teacher-leaders, coaches, directors, principals, home child care providers, early interventionists, special education staff or anyone looking to enhance their coaching skills.

It’s the only academy offered by a university in the U.S. that is both specific to early childhood and teaches universal coaching strategies. There are many coaching programs; but, most focus on how to coach a specific curriculum or assessment tool. The coaching skills and dispositions learned in our modules can work seamlessly and in coordination with various ECE curriculum approaches or instructional practices.

This program will provide you with foundational coaching skills, practical hands-on experiences, peer networking, reflection and self-awareness. You’ll be able to develop positive coaching relationships that provide positive results both for the coachee and for the children with whom they work.

You’ll be presented with research-based coaching strategies that will help you deepen your understanding of collaborative coaching that supports the coachee and promotes engaging and culturally supportive actions.

Refine and enhance your coaching skills and make a difference in the lives of teachers and students through the ECE Coaching Academy at CU Denver.


Academy Structure and Cost

Complete and convenient education

This hybrid program provides the best of both worlds with a combination of online and face-to-face instruction.

All three-course modules meet in Denver two weekends per term, Friday evening and all-day Saturday. In addition, each module meets virtually via Zoom for four two-hour sessions. Courses also require fieldwork. We strongly recommend that these modules be taken in sequence.


Three professional development modules at $833 per module, plus textbooks and a nominal technology fee.

Optional nine credit hours (graduate or undergraduate) available for an additional $345, plus fees, per three credits.


Module 1 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Foundations

Term offered: Fall

Instructor: Kristen Klaassen

This module focuses on learning, understanding and using relationship- and evidence-based coaching skills and strategies in early childhood settings. Participants practice the fundamentals of coaching using a systematic, individualized, reflective approach, and through sharing experiences with others in class, during online Zoom sessions and in fieldwork.

May be converted to credit as ECED 4410/5410

Weekends on-site
To be determined

CU Denver Campus

Zoom Sessions
To be determined

Register in Summer 2020!

Module 2 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Awareness

Term offered: Spring

Instructor: Janet Humphryes

This module focuses on increasing coaches’ skills at introspection, thoughtful planning, intentional application of coaching knowledge and skills, and continuous improvement. Participants integrate skills with effective application in class and real life coaching experiences, managing progress and accountability.

May be converted to credit as ECED 4420/5420.

Weekends on-site
To be determined

CU Denver Campus

Zoom Sessions
To be determined

Register in Fall 2020!

Module 3 - Coaching Early Childhood Professionals: Attuning

Term offered: Summer 2020

Instructor: Geri Mendoza

This module integrates skills from the Foundations and Awareness modules to complete the ECE Coaching Academy. Participants practice refining and altering coaching based on needs and readiness, while learning sustainable, organizational change that embeds coaching in all professional practice.

May be converted to credit as ECED 4430/5430 in August 2020

Weekends on-site
May 29, 2020, 4:30–8:30 p.m., May 30, 2020, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
July 24, 2020, 4:30–8:30 p.m., July 25, 2020, 8 a.m.–4 p.m.

CU Denver Campus, classroom TBA

Zoom Sessions
4-6 p.m. May 18, June 22, Aug. 3

Register Now!

Known for excellence

Many Colorado 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 one of the highest ranked graduate schools in the nation 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 meet the needs of students and further your career while promoting social justice and inclusion.


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.

Related Programs

Optional earned credits may be applied toward a CU Denver BA or MA. (Consult with your advisor in advance.)

More information

Your future starts now. Learn more by calling 303.315.5000 or by emailing