Graduate Programs

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Leadership in Early Childhood and Human Services: Certificate


The graduate certificate program in leadership in early childhood and human services will prepare professionals to take leadership roles in early childhood and/or human services programs. Course options are built into the program to allow students to match their previous education, work experience and career goals while meeting all learning objectives in this graduate certificate program.

In addition to a required staff development course, students will select one course from each of four categories:

  • Program Administration
  • Working with Families
  • Diversity across the Lifespan
  • Curriculum

All courses in this program emphasize developmentally and culturally responsive, inclusive and evidence-based practices in work with young children, youth, and families and the professionals who serve them.

Applicants to this graduate certificate program must have successfully completed a B.S. or B.A. in a field related to the applicant’s area of interest. In addition, applicants must provide a statement of interest, career objectives and prior related experience.

College transcripts will be evaluated for indicators of future academic success and written statements assessed for compatibility of interests and goals with program goals.


Application Deadlines


* International applicants are not eligible to obtain a U.S. student visa solely with an acceptance to a UD graduate certificate program. Certificates may be added by full-time matriculated graduate students.

UD Tuition

The 2023-2024 UD graduate student tuition rate per credit hour is $1028.