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The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Human Sciences: Certificates:
Post-Master’s Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership

This certificate is meant for early childhood educators who want to impact the lives of their students. Throughout the program, educators will analyze topics including child development, family partnerships, and leadership. They will examine the quality of early childhood programs and policies and research strategies to promote positive outcomes.

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 Courses

  • 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:

Quarter Course
Quarter 1

EDPD 8080 – Child Development in the Critical Early Years

Quarter 2

EDPD 8081 – The Language/Literacy Continuum From Birth Through Age 8

Quarter 3

EDPD 8082 – Meaningful Learning Experiences in Supportive Environments

Quarter 4

EDPD 8083 – Evaluating and Leading Effective Early Childhood Programs