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Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) FAQs

Format and Sequencing

What is the format and what work is involved in this certificate program?
CEEL takes place exclusively online and offers participants a flexible and job-embedded learning experience. The CEEL Portfolio is comprised of the following three series:

Each of the three series includes four instructional Learn modules that build participants’ core knowledge in key areas, including early learning and development, adult learning, and leadership and management. The fifth module is a Plan and Apply module designed to support participants as they map key learnings and to create and implement a plan tailored to their site and work.

Modules within each series are available for individual enrollment; those who complete all modules across the three series will earn the Certificate in Early Education Leadership. Participants may also elect to enroll in a Series in its entirety as a set of five modules.

Each Learn module is three weeks and will require approximately 10 hours of work. The Plan and Apply module runs for four weeks and requires approximately 15 hours of work. To receive more information and updates, please click here.

Do I need to take the three series in a specific order?
CEEL is designed to support flexibility; you can begin with any series and complete them in any order. Participants pursuing the full certificate must complete all three series in their entirety.

Do I need to take modules within a series in a specific order?
Participants can begin with any Learn module and complete them in any order. Participants must complete all four of the Learn modules in a series before they take the Plan and Apply module within that series.

If I am already enrolled in one of the CEEL Learn modules, do I need to register again to enroll in the next module?
If participants would like to register for modules one at a time, they are required to complete a registration form for each module in which they wish to enroll. If participants elect to enroll in the entire series as a set of five modules, they are required to complete only one registration form.

How long does it take to complete the Certificate in Early Education Leadership?
It takes 18 months to complete the certificate if one module is completed every four to five weeks. 

What is the cost of the program?
For participants who wish to register for modules on an individual basis, the fee for each module is $199.

For participants who wish to register for Series 1 in its entirety, which includes the four Learn modules and the Plan and Apply, the fee is $895. For participants who wish to register for the full certificate, you will be invoiced series-by-series and the fee is $895 per series.

Is financial aid available for this program?
Financial aid is not available for this program.

Are there on-campus or in-residence opportunities for participants enrolled in CEEL?
CEEL is offered as an exclusively online program and currently does not involve any on-campus participation. However, the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy also offers a variety of in-person institutes. Click here for more information. 

Can teams apply to this program?
We support both individuals and teams in all of our professional learning institutes. Professional learning can be very impactful when teams engage in learning together. Click here to apply as a team or group.

Is there special pricing for teams or groups?
We offer special pricing for districts or networks looking for large-scale professional development opportunities. Click here to apply as a team or group.

Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) Credential Questions

What will I receive upon completion of each module?
Upon successful completion of an individual module, participants will receive documentation of participation as well as a letter confirming clock hours awarded (10 hours).

What is the certificate that I will receive upon completion of all three series?
Participants who successfully complete all modules within the three CEEL series — Leading for Early Learning and Development, Rethinking Leadership in Early Education, and Supporting Optimal Teaching and Learning Environments — will receive the Certificate in Early Education Leadership.