Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice, Post-Master’s Certificate
This post-master’s certificate program offers a 12-credit advanced graduate course of study focused on research, policy, leadership, and data-driven practice in early education and care. The program offers an advanced leadership pathway for experienced educators in the early education and care field. Courses are offered on Saturdays and in blended format, with approximately half of the classes taking place online. Students will take one course a semester, fall and spring, to complete the program in two academic years. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a post master’s certificate from the University of Massachusetts Boston.
Why Apply to UMass Boston's Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice, Post-Master's Certificate Program?
This program offers opportunities for students to develop their leadership and research skills as they deepen their knowledge about early childhood education from birth to age 8. Through working with dedicated faculty to develop leadership skills, research skills, and knowledge of child development, our graduates are prepared to create meaningful and lasting change for young children and their families across the Commonwealth.
None; Must have a Master’s degree
Letters of Recommendation
Statement of purpose; transcripts; résumé
Tuition information is posted on the Bursar’s Office website; some fellowships available
The curriculum consists of four courses on advanced child development, early childhood policy, research, and leadership. The courses culminate in the presentation of a final project at our annual Leadership Forum.
Graduates of the Early Childhood MEd have a strong knowledge of the dimensions of typical and atypical child growth and learning, leadership, advocacy, and policy. Graduates are already working in the field and continue to grow in their roles or find new challenges after completion of their program.
The Early Childhood Master’s Program, housed within a public urban university, is dedicated to the training of educators who are prepared to work individuals from various diverse backgrounds in school and early childhood settings, work in leadership roles, or work in early childhood policy. Several of our graduates have also gone on to pursue doctoral programs.
- Anne Douglass, Professor, Founder and Executive Director, Program Director, Bachelor’s and Post Master’s Certificate Programs in Early Education and Care, College of Education and Human Development
- Angela (Angi) K. Stone-MacDonald, Associate Dean for Grants and Research and Associate Professor, College of Education and Human Development
- Mona Abo-Zena, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education and Care, College of Education and Human Development