Learn to Be an Effective Program Leader
Gain the knowledge and skills necessary to become an effective director or administrator of a high-quality early childhood program by getting an Early Childhood Leadership Certificate from University of Houston-Clear Lake. Completing this program will earn you a National Director Credential from the McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership.
By completing this certification, you will:
- Be recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has having met the director qualifications for NAEYC program accreditation.
- Meet the education requirement to become a licensed director in the state of Texas and can apply for your Texas Child-Care Centers Director's Certificate.
- Meet the 4-star Director Qualifications for the Texas Rising Star quality rating and improvement system for Texas early childhood programs.
- Demonstrate to employers that you possess a strong commitment and expertise in early childhood leadership.
Flexibility to Fit Your Schedule
The UHCL Early Childhood Leadership Certificate is available fully online and may be taken as a part of the following degrees at UHCL:
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Care and Education
- Bachelor of Applied Science – Interdisciplinary Studies: Educator of Young Children
- Master of Science in Early Childhood Education
For those not ready to complete their degree just yet, the UHCL Early Childhood Leadership
Certificate program may be completed as a stand-alone certificate and later applied
to one of the Early Childhood focused bachelor’s degrees or the Master of Science
in Early Childhood Education degree at UHCL.
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Leadership Certificate from the College of Education at University of Houston-Clear
Lake? Find out all you need to know about the required course work.
- Freshman Requirements
- Transfer Student Requirements
- Graduate Requirements
- International Student Requirements
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Deadlines for Applying
- Graduate Deadlines
Summer 2020New Degree-Seeking Students - May 18 (Extended)
Former UHCL Students - May 25
Fall 2020New Degree-Seeking Students - August 10 (Extended)
Former UHCL Students - August 10
Spring 2021New Degree-Seeking Students - December 1
Former UHCL Students - January 19
Please note, some graduate programs have special requirements and different deadlines from those above. For more information visit How to Apply.
Former UHCL Students and non-degree seeking students applying after the deadlines above may be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Please contact the appropriate graduate enrollment counselor for more information.
- International Deadlines
Priority – March 1
Final – June 1
Priority – August 1
Final – November 1
Priority – February 1
Final – April 20
Students interested in qualifying for scholarships &/or applying for visas outside the U.S. should apply and submit the application documents/test scores by the priority deadline
*International freshmen applicants will not be accepted for Summer semester.
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Accreditations and Distinctions
The College of Education is accredited by the State Board for Educator Certification/Texas Education Agency.
We’ve earned national recognition for accomplishment and innovation, including the Christa McAuliffe Award for Excellence in Teacher Education.