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The Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership engages participants in opportunities to explore the field in many ways including, in-depth learning related to skills required to evaluate early learning programs, exploration of curriculum development for Early Childhood Programs and gaining knowledge of educational coaching. The program also has a strong focus leading to a deeper understanding of the role of a Center Director, Supervisor of Head Start / Early Head Start Programs and Classroom Coaches and mentors for early childhood programs.


  • August and January Start Dates
  • No GRE required
  • $4995 tuition* (employer reimbursement encouraged)
*note: additional fees may apply

To enroll or get answers to your questions, please contact Admissions at 412.578.6059 or by email at  

Course Information

ED 722 Staff Development & Supervision
An examination and identification of appropriate supervisory models for each of the three levels of educational programs. The course focuses on developmentally appropriate practices for each age group and evaluates the best strategies for assisting staff in providing sound programs for the physical, social, and cognitive development of children. The course also offers models of parent involvement in each program area and ways of supervising parent participation.

Ed 720 Planning & administration of ECE Programs
An examination of the growth of programs for the care and education of young children during the last century, particularly in Europe and the United States and an analysis of trends and current challenges in the field of early childhood and of various types of programs designed for children in child care, Head Start, preschool, and early intervention programs.

ED 745 Supervision of ECE Programs
This course enables candidates to identify the goals and purposes of these various programs. Candidates discuss the impact of administration, supervision, team teaching, and parent involvement on the delivery of service and examine federal and state licensing standards as well as the process for registration of teaching staff. The final project consists of a case study of one early childhood program currently in operation.