Introduction

Given the vital role high-quality early education plays in learning and development, early education leaders need a broad, cutting-edge knowledge base, relevant strategies, and leadership competencies to generate sustained quality improvement. The Saul Zaentz Professional Learning Academy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education is offering a new Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) to provide leaders with the core knowledge, management skills, and tools necessary to build and advance high-quality early education across learning environments.

The CEEL Portfolio includes the following three series:

Each series contains five modules. Four of these are 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 in each series, the Plan and Apply module, is designed to support participants as they map key learnings and to create and implement a plan tailored to their site and work. Learn modules within each series can be taken individually, or as part of the series. Participants may complete the Plan and Apply module in a series after completing all four relevant Learn modules. Those who complete all 15 modules in the three series will earn the Certificate in Early Education Leadership.

Program Details

CEEL is designed to offer working professionals in early education an opportunity to deepen their core knowledge, enhance their skills, and add to their leadership toolkit through a flexible, online, and job-embedded learning experience. Materials are interactive and case-based. Each Learn module includes: brief video lectures from Professors Lesaux and Jones that include insights from current scientific research in early education and related leadership strategies and practices; readings; self-reflection exercises; online discussions; animated depictions of real scenarios drawn from early education practice; facilitated cohort discussions; strategies for practical implementation; and job-embedded practice to apply the concepts and techniques learned.

Each Learn module runs for three weeks and requires approximately 10 hours of work. The Plan and Apply module runs for four weeks and requires approximately 15 hours of work. Upon completion of all four Learn modules, you will receive an invitation to apply to this final module, or you may register for Series 1 in its entirety.

The Certificate in Early Education Leadership begins with Series 1 — Leading for Early Learning and Development. Registration is now open for Series 1 and you may register for individual Learn modules or the entire series. To receive more information and updates as the other two series become available, click here.

Who Should Attend

  • Directors of early education centers or programs
  • Administrators and coaches in public school preK programs
  • Leaders of early education service organizations
  • State leaders and administrators
  • Philanthropists, grant-makers, and advocates

Meet The Faculty

Nonie Lesaux

Nonie Lesaux

Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Her research focuses on promoting the language and literacy skills of children from diverse linguistic, cultural and economic backgrounds. Lesaux currently serves as the chair of the Massachusetts’ Board of Early Education and Care.

Stephanie Jones

Stephanie Jones

Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Her research focuses on the long-term effects of poverty and exposure to violence on children’s social and emotional development, as well as the impact of education interventions focused on promoting social-emotional and academic skills. 

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