Studying for Carlow’s Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership, you’ll learn skills needed to plan and evaluate early learning programs and will explore curriculum development, staff supervision, and educational coaching. This program is a four-course sequence which may lead to a Director’s Credential, and the courses could easily transfer to the full MEd in Early Childhood Supervision program, if desired.  The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership is an excellent means of broadening professional knowledge in the field of early learning.  Upon completion of the program, a Carlow certificate of completion will be issued.

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Credits required:

12 credits

Cost per credit: 


Time to completion: 

As few as 12 months


Online, except for the required internship which is onsite at an early learning center.

Courses focus on developmentally appropriate supervisory practices for each age group; trends and challenges in the field, as well as various types of programs designed for children in child care, Head Start, preschool and early intervention programs; and a case study of an operating early childhood program. An internship is required.

Quick facts

  • Complete 3 online courses plus internship
  • May lead to a Director’s Credential, if all other criteria for the credential are met
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Career opportunities for Early Childhood Leadership certificate

The program will lead to a deeper understanding of the roles of center director, supervisor of Head Start/Early Head Start programs, classroom coaches and early childhood mentors.

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work


Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

If you are interested in this certificate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps.

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