Offered through the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) is designed to provide leaders with the core knowledge, management skills, and tools necessary to build and advance high-quality early education across learning environments. CEEL consists of three carefully crafted series. Series 1 — Leading for Early Learning and Development — covers scientific principles related to child development, adult learning, the impact of trauma on early learners, and the role relationships play in early learning environments. Series 1 contains four Learn modules and one Plan and Apply module. Click here to receive updates and additional information about the certificate program.
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. Participants may take the Learn modules in any order but must complete all four Learn modules in a series before they take the Plan and Apply module within that series.
Leading for Early Learning and Development provides early education leaders with foundational knowledge, skills, and tools necessary for cultivating optimal learning environments and experiences. The four Learn modules plus the Plan and Apply module that comprise Series 1 offer leaders insights into critical issues related to learning and development for both children and adults.
Participants can register for the full Certificate, a Series in its entirety, or choose to complete the modules on an individual basis. 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.
Registration for Series 1 beginning in August 2020 is now closed. You may register for upcoming individual Learn modules below.
Register Today for Individual Series 1 Learn Modules
Learn A: The Science of Early Learning
Running: August 3 – 21, 2020 | Registration is Closed
Understand the science behind early learning and how core knowledge informs decision making. Explore key learnings from the science of child development to improve the quality of early education, shape the ongoing work of program leaders, and recognize how relationships impact early learning.
Learn B: Leading Adults for Quality Improvement
Register Today: September 7 – 25, 2020 | Registration Deadline: September 2, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST
Learn why supporting adult learning and development is critical to establishing and sustaining high-quality early education environments. Discover and apply practical strategies for creating a culture of adult learning and development, including fostering teamwork, psychological safety, and team learning.
Learn C: Stress, Adversity, and Trauma
Register Today: October 5 – 23, 2020 | Registration Deadline: September 30, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST
Understand how early experiences — including stress resulting from adversity and trauma — can impact young learners. Discover strategies for supporting early educators as they support vulnerable children. Gain critical skills in setting up organizational and classroom structures and practices that can help offset the effects of adverse experiences.
Learn D: Strong Relationships and Interactions
Register Today: November 2 – 20, 2020 | Registration Deadline: October 28, 2020 at 12 p.m. EST
Explore the critical role that relationships play in early education settings. Learn why relationships form the basis for all learning, explore how relationships between adults shape learning environments, and cultivate new strategies to strengthen adult-adult and adult-child relationships.
Plan and Apply
Upcoming: January 4 – 29, 2021
Translate the concepts acquired in the Series 1 Learn modules into an action plan. Map out key concepts derived from each Learn module and create an implementation strategy tailored to the goals and challenges specific to your own learning environment. Upon completion of all four Learn modules, if you haven’t registered for the full series, you will receive an invitation to complete this final module.
For participants who wish to register for modules on an individual basis, the fee for each module is $199.
Series 1: August 3, 2020 – January 29, 2021
Registration is Closed
- Learn A: The Science of Early Learning | August 3 – 21, 2020
- Learn B: Leading Adults for Quality Improvement | September 7 – 25, 2020
- Learn C: Stress, Adversity, and Trauma | October 5 – 23, 2020
- Learn D: Strong Relationships and Interactions | November 2 – 20, 2020
- Series 1 Plan and Apply | January 4 – 29, 2021
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. The registration deadline for the full Series 1 was July 27, 2020.