Preparing Leaders to Shape the Future of Early Childhood Policy
The 12-credit graduate certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Policy supports the development of a robust cadre of early childhood leaders and policymakers equipped to effectively serve young children. With fully online coursework covering leadership, policy advocacy, theory and analysis, the certificate provides the training needed to effectively lead organizations, contribute to policy-making, and analyze early childhood policy at the local, state, and federal level.
The graduate certificate is offered through collaboration across UF Centers and Schools, providing students with access to leading scholars in early childhood, education policy, and leadership. As part of a national network of universities advancing early childhood policy, the graduate certificate prepares candidates with the latest in research-based approaches to effective policy-making for young children.
The certificate can be pursued as a standalone credential by working professionals as well as integrated into the academic program of master’s and doctoral students from across the university.
Local Collaboration and a National Network in Early Childhood Policy
The graduate certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education Policy is a collaborative program offering between faculty in UF’s Education Policy Research Center and the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies. With courses taught by faculty from Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership, students are prepared to be leaders in early childhood policy.
This collaborative environment is formalized in UF’s Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative, a working group of faculty from across university centers and departments with a commitment to teaching, research, and service that improves the field of early childhood policy. The Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative is part of a national network of institutions of higher education who are advancing the field of early childhood policy. Inclusion in the Early Childhood Policy in Institutions of Higher Education (ECPIHE) places UF among a select group of universities nationwide who are the national leaders in early childhood policy. Graduate certificate coursework and other opportunities are based on this national model, providing the latest in evidence-based approaches to early childhood policy.
Stipends Available for Prospective Students!
The program is currently offering a stipend to admitted students that covers 50% of tuition costs. Please contact admissions for more information about this stipend.