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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Advocacy and Public Policy

This program is not currently accepting new students. Current students must complete their programs of study in accordance with Walden’s Time-to-Degree Completion policies.

Through the Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Advocacy and Public Policy, educators are furnished the background knowledge and specialized skills they need to shape public policy and advocate effectively on behalf of young children, their families, and the field of early childhood studies. Learners explore current research and theories on child development; the essential components of effective early childhood programs; and local, state, national, and international perspectives on early childhood infrastructures. Coursework also examines practical strategies for effecting policy change and public opinion, including grant writing, coalition building, communications planning, and policy development. Learners can apply the credits they earn in this certificate program toward Walden’s MS in Early Childhood Studies with a specialization in Early Childhood Public Policy and Advocacy.

Note on Endorsement, Licensure, or Certification

This program does not lead to an endorsement, certification, or licensure. Walden makes no representation, warranty, guarantee, or commitment that successful completion of this program or coursework for graduate credit within this program will permit a graduate to obtain state certification or licensure.

The graduate degree program and coursework within the program in which you are enrolling may be accepted by many states toward upgrading or renewing a license or obtaining a salary increase (depending on state or district policy). Teachers are advised to contact their individual school districts as to whether this program may qualify for salary advancement. Walden enrollment specialists can provide guidance on program requirements; however, it remains the individual’s responsibility to understand and comply with all state and school district requirements.

Certificate Requirements

  • 15 total semester credits


  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.
  • Students may take this as a non-degree course.

Course Sequence

The recommended course sequence is as follows:

Semester Course Credits
Semester 1

EDUC 6005 - Foundations: Early Childhood Studies

3 semester credits

EDUC 6161 - Effective Programs and Practices

3 semester credits
Semester 2

EDUC 6162 - Issues and Trends in the Early Childhood Field

3 semester credits

EDUC 6765 - Early Childhood Systems

3 semester credits
Semester 3

EDUC 6766 - Tools for Policymakers and Advocates

3 semester credits