The Institute of Early Childhood Policy serves as the base for this interdisciplinary certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership. The highly selective certificate program employs a cohort model to train master’s and doctoral students to develop a deep understanding of the science of early childhood development and the policies and systems that intersect with young children and their families.
The program requires students to accomplish four objectives:
This four-pronged approach aims to expand the capacity, diversity, and strength of the early childhood field, setting up students for professional careers in early childhood policy, practice and research. Fellows will develop into leaders in research, policy analysis, and translation to practice, paving the way to make sustainable, equitable change in the discipline.
What is the ECPL?
The certificate in Early Childhood Policy and Leadership is designed to be an interdisciplinary meeting place and training ground for graduate students from across the university with a demonstrated interest in early childhood policy and leadership. The goal of this training program is to develop a new field of leaders in policy, research, and practice who have: a strong foundational knowledge of early child development and the early childhood policy landscape; the tools to design, implement, evaluate, and analyze early childhood policy; and the skills to engage with and lead key stakeholders in the early childhood field. We have a focus on increasing engagement of BIPOC/under-represented groups in the field and Institute Fellows will have an opportunity to be mentored by a diverse group of faculty.
What kind of training will I receive through ECPL?
As fellows of the institute, students will be supported by faculty mentors and complete one-and-a-half years of rigorous training that will prepare them to analyze policies, conduct cutting-edge research, and translate scientific findings into practice in the early childhood field. Students can expect to gain a working knowledge of early childhood development and the landscape of state, national, and international policies affecting children and families. Additionally, they will gain skill sets related to analyzing and designing policy, working with community partners and stakeholders, and providing leadership in the early childhood field. Fellows will develop into leaders in policy analysis, research, and translation to practice, paving the way to make sustainable, equitable change in the discipline.
What are the requirements I must complete to earn the certificate?
There are four components of the ECPL certificate that must be completed to earn the certificate. Students must:
What is the cost?
The cost of this certificate is the cost of 9 credits for graduate work taken at the Lynch School of Education and Human Development or the School of Social Work.
What kind of networks would this connect me with?
Participants of the Early Childhood Policy Leadership certification program will be connected to an extensive network of interdisciplinary BC faculty and community partners with a vested interest in early childhood policy. Additionally, the cohort training model this certificate employs provides students with the opportunity to build relationships with fellow students from diverse programs and departments who share their academic and professional interests.
What kind of career opportunities would students with this certificate be competitive for?
Completing the Early Childhood Policy Leadership certificate will prepare students with the credentials to be strong candidates for careers across policy, practice, and research contexts which have a focus on early childhood policy. These might include but are not limited to careers in local, state, and federal government agencies; nonprofits organizations and other NGOs; private research firms; and academia.
“The goal of this training program is to develop a new field of leaders in research, policy, and practice.”
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