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Early Childhood Leadership Certificate

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:

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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Admission Requirements

Ready to learn about the classes you need to take to earn the UHCL Early Childhood 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.


Degree Requirements

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Cost Information

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Deadlines for Applying

  • Graduate Deadlines
  • Summer 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - May 18 (Extended)
    Former UHCL Students - May 25
  • Fall 2020
    New Degree-Seeking Students - August 10 (Extended)
    Former UHCL Students - August 10
  • Spring 2021
    New 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
  • Fall

    Priority – March 1
    Final  – June 1

  • Spring

    Priority – August 1
    Final – November 1

  • Summer*

    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.


Locations

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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.


Early Childhood Leadership Certificate Faculty

Amber Brown
Amber Brown

Amber Brown

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3627
Email: browna@uhcl.edu
Office: Suite B1119

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Terry Chvala
Terry Chvala

Terry Chvala

Senior Lecturer of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3641
Email: Chvala@UHCL.edu
Office: B1125

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Shanna Graves
Shanna Graves

Shanna Graves

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3578
Email: gravess@uhcl.edu
Office: 1119

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Rebecca Huss-Keeler
Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Rebecca Huss-Keeler

Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3535
Email: huss@uhcl.edu
Office: B1119-09

Faculty Bio

Preeti Jain
Preeti Jain

Preeti Jain

Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Education,
Education

Contact number: 281-283-3567
Email: jainp@uhcl.edu
Office: B1119

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