The Post Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice

The Program

This post-master’s certificate program offers a 12 credit advanced graduate course of study focused on research, policy, leadership, and data-driven practice in early education and care.  The program offers an advanced leadership pathway for experienced educators in the early education and care field.

Courses are offered on Saturdays and in blended format, with approximately half of the classes taking place online. Students will take one course a semester, fall and spring, to complete the program in two academic years. Upon completion of the program, graduates receive a post master’s certificate from the University of Massachusetts Boston



Initially developed through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and its Race to the Top Early Learning Challenge Grant award, this program is establishing articulation and transfer agreements with other Massachusetts institutions of Higher Education to ensure that the 12 credits are fully transferable into partnering doctoral and advanced graduate programs across the state.

In 2012-2014, the program is free for successful applicants selected through a highly competitive admissions process.  This program is open to early childhood educators who work with young children in settings such as: family child care, center based care including nursery schools and Head Start, early intervention programs, out of school programs and public school preschools. 

Interested applicants are invited to contact the program staff to determine if they are eligible for funding under the Race to the Top priorities or see additional information.

Course of Study

Students in this program take the following four 3-credit courses:

  • Leadership and Organizational Change                                    
  • Early Childhood Policy     
  • Advanced Child Development and Early Learning                     
  • Translating Research into Practice                                                      

Admission Requirements

Prospective students applying to the Post Master’s Certificate Program in Early Education Research, Policy, and Practice must meet the following requirements:

1. Applicant must have a master’s degree.

2. Applicant must work in the early education and care field in Massachusetts.

3. Applicants must have a cumulative grade point average in graduate work of at least 3.0.

4. Applicant must demonstrate a strong commitment to early education and care:

  • Leadership
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Children and Families
  • Instructional practices
  • Research
  • Training and workforce development

5. Applicant should clearly demonstrate an ability to write and apply analytical skills necessary for scholarly writing.

6. Applicant should demonstrate intent to pursue CAGS/doctoral study after completing their post-masters certificate.