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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, which sees children as capable learners who want 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, which includes a seminar where you'll implement assignments within an early childhood setting. You'll also choose one elective from a variety of early childhood topics, such as anti-bias education, arts integration strategies, or family engagement, among other options. And, you'll have the opportunity to learn from master teachers in Reggio-inspired classrooms in the Boston area through internships.

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 (2019), 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.
Assistant Professor Dana Bentley
Dana Bentley
Dana teaches in the early childhood programs at Lesley. She has been an early childhood teacher for over fifteen years, working in diverse, urban settings in Boston and in New York City. Dana has a particular background in rethinking creativity and artistic practice with young children; she uses this perspective in the constantly evolving curricula in her emergent, child-centered classroom. In her teaching and writing, Dana focuses on social justice work with young children, studying children’s emerging political literacies, as well as her own pedagogy as an anti-bias educator.
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
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    $975/credit x 12
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Total approximate cost for this graduate certificate program. Tuition and fees are for the 2021-2022 academic year.
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