Opportunity for Advanced Studies in Early Childhood Policy
Looking to advance your career in early childhood policy? Here is a list of institutions of higher education offering certificates and degrees related to ECP.
ECPIHE Related Programs
Boston College: The Institute of Early Childhood Policy at Boston College
The Institute of Early Childhood Policy at Boston College is a cross-disciplinary effort between the Lynch School of Education and Human Development and the School of Social Work. Led by Professor Rebekah Levine Coley and faculty in the two schools, the IECP expands interdisciplinary research, training, and collaborative partnerships in the field of early childhood policy.
Columbia University: Masters in Education Policy
The 33-credit M.A. degree aims to build a cadre of education policy experts whose deep grounding in a range of educational policy issues is matched by their understanding of the policy process and the tools of policy analysis. The degree is focused on the preparation of policy analysts, policy advocates, and education researchers. The program develops students’ knowledge and skills by drawing on interdisciplinary policy studies, the social science disciplines of economics, law, politics, and sociology, and substantive content on policies and practice in early childhood education, K-12 education, higher education, law and education, and data analysis, and research methods.
GPIDEA Alliance: Great Plains IDEA Certificate Programs
The Great Plains Interactive Distance Education Alliance (Great Plains IDEA) is a consortium of renowned public universities from across the United States, offering online, flexible, and affordable degree and certificate programs across a range of subjects in human services and agriculture. Great Plains IDEA provides educational freedom, creating rewarding pathways for lifelong learning, career advancement, and community growth in an ever-changing society.
University of California Berkeley: UC Berkeley's Transdisciplinary Early Learning Science & Child Policy Program
Berkeley is launching a new graduate program in Transdisciplinary Early Learning Science & Child Policy. It brings developmental science to public policy, building on the relevance and impact of community-engaged research, that comprises innovative academic training at Berkeley. We leverage Berkeley’s expertise in Public Policy, Psychology, Public Health, Education, Social Welfare, and Journalism—integrated through the Institute of Human Development (IHD)—to deepen graduate training for students. They will work in interdisciplinary teams, using an actionable science approach, on real-world child-policy cases and complete early childhood policy internships. The graduate Certificate in Early Child Policy launches in the Fall of 2022; the 4+1 Master’s program will follow in 2023.
University of Colorado Denver: School of Education and Human Development
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University of Florida: Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative
The University of Florida’s Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative (ECP-CC) is a hub for training the next generation of leaders in early childhood policy, producing actionable early childhood research, furthering the development of early childhood policy as a field, and, ultimately, improving the lives of children and families.
Emerging leaders and early childhood practitioners can advance their studies and credentials through the Collaborative’s newly launched graduate certificate in early childhood policy and a forthcoming master’s in early childhood policy. Researchers and policymakers can find insights to improve policy and practice through the Collaborative’s ongoing research and policy analysis. And, those interested in the field, can engage in the Collaborative’s ongoing campus and public events.
The Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative leverages existing expertise while creating new synergies between UF centers and academic departments engaged in early childhood policy research and practice. With faculty from the Education Policy Research Center, Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies, the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, and the Law School’s Center on Children and Families, the Early Childhood Policy Centers Collaborative houses national leaders in the policy conversation around young children.
University of Washington: Educational Foundations, Leadership, and Policy
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Other Early Childhood Policy Programs
Brandeis University: Master and PhD of Public Policy – Child, Youth and Family (CYF) Policy Concentration
Case Western Reserve University: Childhood Studies Minor
Duke University: Child Policy Research Certificate – Undergraduate
Erikson Institute and Loyola (Dual Degree): University Master of Jurisprudence (MJ) and Master of Science in Child Development (MS)
Georgetown University: McCourt School of Public Policy
Harvard Graduate School of Education: Certificate in Early Education Leadership (CEEL)
Harvard Law School: Child Advocacy Program
Loyola University Chicago: MJ in Children's Law and Policy
Loyola University Chicago: MSW/MJ Child and Family Law
Montclair State University: Certificate, Undergraduate, and Graduate Programs in Child Advocacy and Policy Certification
Northern Arizona University: Early Childhood Education, Master of Education - Early Childhood Leadership Emphasis
Northwestern University: PhD in Human Development and Social Policy Social Policymaking and Policy Implementation Curriculum
Oakland University: Doctor of Philosophy in Early Childhood Education
Stanford University: Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies
Stanford University: Stanford Center for Education Policy Analysis (CEPA)
Syracuse University: Child and Family Policy Studies Minor
University of Dayton: Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy (BSE)
University of Dayton: Early Childhood Leadership and Advocacy (MSE)
University of Minnesota: Certificate in Early Childhood Policy
University of Massachusetts at Boston: Post Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice
University of Massachusetts at Boston: Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation
University of North Carolina Wilmington: Leadership, Policy, and Advocacy in Early Childhood
University of Oregon: Master's in Education Policy and Leadership
University of Virginia: Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy
Walden University: Post-Master's Certificate in Educational Policy, Leadership, and Management
Walden University: Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Advocacy and Public Policy