Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Early Childhood and Family Policy
The Early Childhood & Family Policy Graduate Certificate is a 12-hour graduate certificate that builds essential policy development and analysis skills. An interdisciplinary lens facilitates an understanding of the impact of early childhood and family policies within a range of systems such as health care, education, family leave, mental health, child abuse and neglect, incarceration of parents, and minimum wage. The importance of the early years and the need for quality services that are distributed equitably and sustainably are integral to a just society. This graduate certificate places individuals at the helm of framing a new era for early childhood policy. This innovative curriculum provides optimum flexibility through four online courses.
At a Glance
Credits and Tuition Cost (2023-2024)
Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Early Childhood and Family Policy overview
What You'll Learn
This program is designed to prepare students to evaluate, create, and advocate for equitable policies that benefit young children and their families.
This includes learning how to:
1) Evaluate the equity and effectiveness of early childhood and family policies.
2) Propose and advocate for equitable and effective policies.
3) Communicate with a wide range of stakeholders including policymakers, researchers, educators, and advocates.
Through this program, students will be connected with a national network of individuals as part of an emerging field centered on the creation and implementation of coordinated, effective, and equitable policies, practices, and infrastructure that support children birth-through-8-years-old.
- EDL 580 History, Development, and Equity in Shaping Early Childhood Policy
- EDL 581 Using a Policy Framework to Examine Early Childhood Services and Issues
- EDL 582 Policy Research in Early Childhood
- EDL 583 Leading Policy Analysis in Early Childhood
How to Apply
- Resume - Limited to 2 pages, providing your name and contact information as well as postsecondary education (all degrees, years awarded, institution names, emphasis area), work experiences, education certifications, professional memberships.
- Personal Statement: Please write 2 double‐spaced pages, using either Times New Roman 12‐point or Arial 10‐point, page numbers and your name in upper right corner about why you are applying to the program.
Licensure & Authorization
Where you live matters when completing distance education activities. If you will live outside of Kentucky while completing your program, please check the Distance Learning Authorization & Licensure page to confirm that the program can be offered in your state or country, and if relevant, that it meets professional licensure requirements in your state. Please note: Admission and enrollment in a fully-online program can NOT lead to the issuance of a J-1 or F-1 student visa.AUTHORIZATION & LICENSURE INFO
Once you become a student, you will have access to a wide variety of academic support services to maximize your success. These services are available completely online to meet the needs of our online students.