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by the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative
at the Harvard Graduate School of Education

Who should register for the certificate?

This certificate is particularly designed for Early Childhood and Elementary (up to Grade 2) educators from all backgrounds who are either in a leadership position or considering this role in the future.

Highly Qualified Professionals

In collaboration with the Saul Zaentz Early Education Initiative at Harvard Graduate School of Education, we offer all educators the possibility to register for a cohort of the Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL).


CEEL is an online and asynchronous program that equips you with essential knowledge, management skills, and tools to build and advance high-quality early education across diverse learning environments.

Benefit from this exciting professional development opportunity!




Start date: March 4, 2024

Early bird registration deadline for the IC Cohort: February 14, 2024

About the Certificate in Early Education Leadership

Led by Harvard faculty, Nonie Lesaux and Stephanie Jones, CEEL is a visionary, job-embedded, online certificate program that supports the learning and development of early education leaders and provides them with the knowledge, skills, and tools needed to strengthen learning environments and foster quality improvement in all early education settings.

Offered through the Zaentz Professional Learning Academy, CEEL includes three series that cover foundational knowledge, skills, and tools that enable early education leaders to improve and sustain high-quality early education for the learners they serve.

Any questions? Have a look at our FAQs

Installment Plans are also available

Participant Reflections

"The CEEL program has been a top professional opportunity for us. It fills a void in leadership training in the complex early education field. The chance to connect with leaders from across the globe and share insights on innovation paired with research-driven modules has made a great impact in implementation.

The readings, videos, and resources are uniquely curated to optimize our understandings in the field. We are better prepared to take on the daily challenges, and really shape our vision for improving the quality of early childhood programs."

Cady Audette & Kelly Garvey Pelligrini
Charlestown Nursery School

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