Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL)

The Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL) is a first-of-its-kind, job-embedded, online program that provides early education leaders with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to strengthen learning environments and foster quality improvement in all early education settings.

Led by Zaentz faculty directors Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, CEEL covers three broad topics: the science of early learning; leadership; and teaching and learning. Participants can explore these topics through “Learn” modules, which build core knowledge in key areas and feature videos, readings, online discussions, self-reflection exercises, case studies, and other interactive activities and tools. Participants can begin with any Learn module and take these modules in any order. The “Plan and Apply” module supports participants to use key learnings to create and implement a plan tailored to their site and work.

Participants can register for one module, a series of modules, or the entire certificate. Participants who complete all 15 modules will earn the Certificate in Early Education Leadership.

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Leading for Early Learning and Development
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Register By: 02/24/20

LEARN Modules:
The Science of Early Learning
03/02/20 - 03/20/20

Register By: 02/24/20

winter
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Leading Adults for Quality Improvement
09/09/19 - 09/27/19

Register By: 09/06/19

fall, summer
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Stress, Adversity, and Trauma
10/07/19 - 10/25/19

Register By: 10/04/19

fall
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Strong Relationships and Interactions
11/04/19 - 11/22/19

Register By: 11/01/19

fall
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Participants must complete all four Learn modules before they take the Plan and Apply module within the series.
Rethinking Leadership in Early Education
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Register By: 02/24/20

LEARN Modules:
Effective Approaches to Leadership
03/02/20 - 03/20/20

Register By: 02/24/20

winter
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Leading Change in Others
09/09/19 - 09/27/19

Register By: 09/06/19

fall, summer
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Leveraging Diversity for Improvement
10/07/19 - 10/25/19

Register By: 10/04/19

fall
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Effective Teams
11/04/19 - 11/22/19

Register By: 11/01/19

fall
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Participants must complete all four Learn modules before they take the Plan and Apply module within the series.
Supporting Optimal Teaching and Learning Environments
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Register By: 02/24/20

LEARN Modules:
Cornerstone Educator Competencies
03/02/20 - 03/20/20

Register By: 02/24/20

winter
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Teaching for Cognitive Growth
09/09/19 - 09/27/19

Register By: 09/06/19

fall, summer
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Effective Classroom Management
10/07/19 - 10/25/19

Register By: 10/04/19

fall
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Universal Design for Learning
11/04/19 - 11/22/19

Register By: 11/01/19

fall
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Participants must complete all four Learn modules before they take the Plan and Apply module within the series.
Participants must complete all four Learn modules before they take the Plan and Apply module within the series.

CEEL is designed to support flexibility; you can begin with any Learn module and complete modules in any order. Participants pursuing the full certificate must complete all 15 modules.

We support both individuals and teams in all of our professional learning institutes. Professional learning can be very impactful when teams engage in learning together. Click here to apply as a team or group.

We offer special pricing for districts or networks looking for large-scale professional development opportunities. Click here to apply as a team or group.

Upon successful completion of an individual Learn module, participants will receive documentation of participation as well as a letter confirming clock hours awarded (10 hours). Upon successful completion of an individual Plan and Apply module, participants will receive documentation of participation as well as a letter confirming clock hours awarded (15 hours).

Participants who successfully complete all 15 modules will receive the Certificate in Early Education Leadership.

CEEL is designed for leaders at all levels of the early education system including state leaders, early education directors and program administrators, non-profit leaders, instructional coaches, public school principals and district leaders, and educators with leadership roles.

The fee to register for each module individually is $199. The fee to register for each series, which includes the four Learn modules and Plan and Apply, is $895. Participants who register for the full certificate will be invoiced series-by-series, and the fee is $895 per series.

Financial aid is not available for this program.
Module Duration

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.

Want more information about CEEL?

Watch our recorded webinar about CEEL for a walk-through of the program and to learn more about the content of the online modules.

The more we learn about promoting children’s healthy development and laying a strong foundation for later learning and development, the clearer it becomes that one of the best investments for young children is an investment in the adults who shape the settings where they learn and grow.”
- Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, Zaentz Co-directors