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 2: Rethinking Leadership in Early Education addresses topics that provide early education leaders with concrete leadership and management knowledge, skills, and tools. Series 2 contains four Learn modules and one Plan and Apply module.
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.
Rethinking Leadership in Early Education integrates innovative work from the Harvard Business School and beyond to focus on content early education leaders need to transform their professional settings and lead for sustainable quality improvement. The four Learn modules plus the Plan and Apply module that comprise Series 2 offer insights into leadership and management that will support improvement efforts.
Participants can begin with any Learn module and take these modules in any order. We recommend participants complete all four Learn modules in a series before they take the Plan and Apply module within that series.
The fee is $245 per module; see the table below for discounts. Participants must complete all 15 modules to earn the full CEEL certificate.
Series 2 Learn Modules
Learn A: Effective Approaches to Leadership
Learn about adaptive leadership and its vital role in getting to effective, high-quality early learning settings. Gain leadership skills and tools to increase collaborative problem-solving in your professional setting. Learn about common leadership challenges in early education settings and innovative approaches to addressing these challenges.
Learn B: Leading Change in Others
Leading effective reform for quality improvement ultimately means leading adults in early education settings through change processes. Learn how, as a leader, you create the vision of your professional setting and serve as a model for comfortably, successfully leading and managing change to support adults for improvement in the workplace—and ultimately to support improved policy and practice.
Learn C: Leveraging Diversity for Improvement
Understand diversity and all its dimensions across the early education system. Discover how to engage with diversity in a way that increases the creativity and relevance of adults’ collaborative work. Learn concrete strategies and tools to effectively address diversity as a strength and opportunity rather than a challenge to overcome.
Learn D: Effective Teams
Explore processes that establish trusting and productive working relationships among team members. Learn how to work with your team—or to organize other teams—to develop a clearly articulated direction and ensure all members are pursuing the same agenda. Discover strategies and tools that ensure that team work is productive and meaningful.
Plan and Apply
Translate the concepts acquired in the Series 2 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 professional 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.