Offered through the Saul 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 3: Supporting Optimal Teaching and Learning Environments focuses on helping leaders to understand and cultivate the competencies early educators need to be most effective in their work. Series 3 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.
Supporting Optimal Teaching and Learning Environments provides early education leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools they need to become powerful instructional leaders. The modules in this series aim to transform how leaders support their professional staff. The four Learn modules plus the Plan and Apply module that comprise Series 3 offer insights into the core business of early education—teaching and learning.
Series 3 Learn Modules
Learn A: Cornerstone Educator Competencies
Discover how to enhance and support the four educator competencies that are the foundation of high-quality early education settings. Explore strategies for how these competencies—educators’ executive functions, emotion regulation, relational skills, and use of talk during classroom interactions—can be developed with professional supports. Learn skills and tools to create a reflective, continuously-learning workforce.
Learn B: Teaching for Cognitive Growth
Understand the relationship between early educators’ competencies and children’s cognitive growth. Learn what structures and processes can be used to both support the adults and increase the cognitive growth among all young children. Discover common barriers to cognitive growth and what skills and tools can be used to counteract these barriers, at the level of the individual setting or at-scale, across the system.
Learn C: Effective Classroom Management
Explore the relationship between early educators’ executive functions, emotion regulation, relational skills, and their effectiveness in the domain of classroom management. Explore the child behaviors that most commonly tax the early educator’s classroom management skills. Learn what structures and processes can be used to both support the adults and address these behaviors more effectively, in individual settings and across a system of early education and care.
Learn D: Universal Design for Learning
Discover the many ways that a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) can improve child behavior and learning in early education settings, and across the system. Uncover how targeted professional supports enhance the design of early learning experiences and environments that are much more inclusive, positive, and productive than is typical. Learn concrete tools for applying the concepts of UDL in your work.
Plan and Apply
Translate the concepts acquired in the Series 3 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.