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Innovative Pedagogies in Early Childhood

Graduate Certificate, On-Campus Program

Learn Reggio-inspired teaching strategies for PreK–2.

This 12-credit graduate certificate program, designed for early childhood educators, is based on the philosophy of preschools in Reggio Emilia, Italy, in which children are seen as fully capable, wanting to learn, connect with others, and flourish in their environment. Deepen your understanding of Reggio-inspired teaching strategies that promote a hands-on/minds-on approach, where children learn by exploring materials and media.

You'll take three required courses and one elective that you'll choose from a variety of early childhood topics, such as anti-bias education, arts integration strategies, or family engagement. And through internships, you'll have the opportunity to learn from master teachers in Reggio-inspired classrooms in the Boston area.

At Lesley, we weave the importance of equity and social justice throughout our teacher preparation programs. Emerge from this certificate program with an understanding of how to build Reggio-inspired communities in a range of settings, using culturally responsive ways of teaching.

Come study with dedicated faculty at the place that educates more teachers than any other place in New England. You'll benefit from the reputation of a school with exceptional programs in Massachusetts, where school principals prefer to hire Lesley graduates and believe they're the most prepared for the classroom. (Source: Radius Global Market Research, 2017)

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Program Structure

Part-time, on-campus program

12 Credits
Gain Skills and Expertise
This graduate certificate program prepares graduates to:
Average salary for teachers in Massachusetts (2021-2022), according to the National Education Association.
Superintendents and other hiring managers across Massachusetts prefer to hire Lesley graduates, reporting that they are best prepared to enter the classroom on day one. (Source: Radius Global Market Research)
Top Schools
Massachusetts ranks as the best state to be a teacher, with some of the highest performing schools and best salaries in the country, according to US News.
Susan Twombly
Early Childhood
Sue Twombly
Sue has worked in early childhood education for many years, beginning as a preschool teacher in a Head Start program and spending 20 years as director of a large non-profit community early care and education program. She has always been fascinated by the learning process, and uses writing as a tool to help her understand and articulate the process of learning and change in individuals and communities. She says, "I encourage adult students and teachers to learn by using their questions, observations, and reflections in coursework and in interactions with children."
The skills employers are looking for.
Lesley graduates go on to rewarding careers in public and private schools, charter schools, and beyond. That's because our programs are ranked #1 for preparing teachers with the skills Massachusetts employers are seeking, including:


Total approximate cost for this graduate certificate program.
Innovative Pedagogies in Early Childhood
Estimated Cost

All graduate students are reviewed for merit scholarships through the admissions process and are awarded at the time of acceptance. Other forms of financial aid are also available. Review all graduate tuition and fees, and what they cover. Tuition and fees are subject to change each year, effective in the Summer term.

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Total approximate cost for this graduate certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2023-2024 academic year.
We'll help ensure your degree is as affordable as possible. Use our step-by-step guide to apply for federal and university funding. Scholarships, grants, Work-Study, and loans. It’s all right here.

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