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Certificate Offerings

Choose the certificate topic in which you are interested from below.

Available certificates include:

  • Early Childhood Education Certificate
  • Child and Family Life Education
  • Parent Coaching Certificate
  • Leadership

Students completing the last class of the certificate are asked to contact their academic advisor to receive a document of completion.

Early Childhood Education Certificate

Children come to us in all different types of shapes, sizes and behaviors.  Therefore, it is very important for Early Childhood Professionals to continue educating themselves in order to be more proficient in their line of work.  

Students earning this certificate will not only gain insight in the growth and development of children, but will also learn the best practices in early childhood.  Additionally, they will study the historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood educators.  

Participants may take one class, to explore a topic, or all the courses in a series to complete a certificate. There are no prerequisites to register for these classes, and students have the option of earning semester college credits or non-credit. 

To earn the Early Childhood Certificate, students must successfully complete the following online courses:

CHD310 Growth and Development of Children
4 undergraduate credits
This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal states to elementary age.  Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective.  Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

CHD320 Role of Early Childhood Educator
4 undergraduate credits

This foundational course discusses the roots of early childhood education and the purposes of early childhood in today's society.  The historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood will be examined.  Learners will explore NAEYC's code of ethics and its implications for the profession.

CHD330 Best Practices in Early Childhood
4 undergraduate credits

This class provides the theoretical framework and best practices for working in early childhood settings.  Learners examine how individualized curriculum and environment can be integrated through developmentally appropriate practices in order to promote the cognitive and social development of children.

How to Register for online courses:
To find dates and times for these classes please Search for Classes and enroll for these courses through the online registration found through the CSP Connect.

Visiting Students please note: Visiting Students are not admitted, non degree seeking through Concordia University and will receive registration help through the Registrar's office by completing and submitting a visiting student's form. After the form has been processed students will be provided a network ID and password to register for classes. Students are also required to make an online tuition payment

Child Development Association National Credentialing Program (CDA) 
Concordia's Early Childhood Certificate is 12 undergraduate credits (120 clock hours) of course work that address the 8 content areas for the CDA. The intent of the Early Childhood Certificate is to provide content area knowledge and theory, candidates seeking to achieve CDA credentialing are responsible for completing  the coursework ("training"), connecting with a CDA Advisor in their area, submitting the application for assessment, and arranging the visit by a Council member. 

Child Education Institute 1.888.418.5358

These are the required CDA Content Areas and the approximate number of hours provided by the ECE Certificate at CSP

  1. Planning a safe, healthy, learning environment 
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  2. Steps to advance children's physical and intellectual development; 
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  3. Positive ways to support children's social and emotional development; 
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  4. Strategies to establish productive relationships with families; 
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  5. Strategies to manage an effective program operation; 
    Certificate provides: 10 hours
  6. Maintaining a commitment to professionalism; 
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  7. Observing and recording children's behavior;
    Certificate provides: 20 hours
  8. Principles of child development and learning. 
    Certificate provides: 20 hours

Child and Family Life Education Classes (CFLE)

Please note: Concordia does not offer a certificate or certification in CFLE outside of the major degree. The courses listed through Continuing Studies are approved by the National Council on Family Relations and specifically address Content Area Objectives outlined in NCFR's guidelines for certification as a family life educator. Taking such a course meets the academic requirement for certification through NCFR. 

To see the schedule of NCFR approved courses search for classes on CSP Connect

Looking for more than a course? 
Concordia University's bachelors and masters degrees in Family Life Education, as approved programs, comprehensively meet NCFR's guidelines for certification.

Visiting Students please note: If you seek to be admitted as a visiting student please contact Olivia Andrews
Visiting students will be provided a network ID and password to register for classes. Students are also required to make an online tuition payment.

Parent Coaching Certificate

What is Parent Coaching? 

Parent Coaching is helping someone become clear on their own parenting goals through listening, asking powerful questions, teaching skills and providing support to bring about change. This certificate teaches coaching skills to apply with parents and families. It provides a framework for parent coaching, its theories and its applications: with an emphasis on the benefits of Parent Coaching as a separate field.

Research on the Parent Coaching Institute's coaching model shows that parent coaching reduces parental stress, gives important resources, and helps parents learn and use their strengths and come to appreciate themselves and their children.

Coaching model and approach is an added tool to parent educational techniques.This certificate is delivered online through Blackboard and may be earned by taking the following classes in this order: 

FAS480/680 Parent Coaching 1: From Theory to Practice 3 credits 
Students will study a variety of techniques that are unique in coaching parents. Attention will be directed at developing the student's ability to evaluate and implement family life education knowledge while understanding the uniqueness of each individual family. It is bringing the student from theory to creating a solid and professional foundation for Parent Coaching.

FAS481/681 Parent Coaching 2: Skills, Attitudes, & Competency 3 credits
Students will broaden their knowledge of the field of parent coaching and sharpen their mindful parenting skills. It includes skills for coaching a variety of parenting challenges, behaviors, problems, concerns, issues, and special needs. Also included is a focus on couple relationships and recognizing spiritual needs.

FAS482/682 Parent Coaching 3: Professional Applications 3 credits
Students will apply the techniques and skills that they have learned with actual clients. The professors and students will offer ideas and support to better their coaching sessions. The class contains details for your Parenting Consultant Business as well as gaining Parent Coaching skills. As a result of this class, you will feel like a confident Parent Coach.

FAS483/683 Parent Coaching 4: Supervised Field Parent Coaching 3 credits
There is a required Fourth Class which offers supervision from a certified parent coach. This includes new tools, support, new perspectives, problem solving while being sensitive to the new coach's learning and coaching style. It opens up a new area of confidence for the coach. This class will be available when the student begins their coaching.

Candidates need a background in Family Life Education (FLE), parent education, social work, education, psychology and related field. Open to FLE students.

The Instructors:
Professor Carole Gesme and Professor Beth Gausman both CFLEs, adjunct professors at Concordia University's Department of Child and Family Education, and Certified Parent Coaches have a combined 60+ years of work as Family and Parent Educators. For more information about the instructors and Parent Coaching see the Parent Coaching website .


How to Register:
To find dates and times and tuition for these courses visit CSP Connect  

Visiting Students please note: 
If you seek to be admitted as a visiting student 
please contact Olivia Andrews (

Visiting students will be provided a network ID and password to register for classes.
Students are also required to make an online tuition payment

Leadership Certificate

  • BUS280 Topics in Leadership Theory & Practice (online, no chat) 3 cr.

    To achieve a true understanding of leadership, it is necessary to look back at how the various theories of leadership and management have developed, changed, and coincided with the needs of the workplace at the time they were popular. This course explores the development of leadership theory as a means of understanding the current concepts. Application of various theories are also examined.
  • BUS281 The Leadership Process (online, no chat) 3 cr.

    Leadership is often incorrectly interpreted as a position within an organization. This course provides a tremendous source of theory concepts and examples to improve leadership behaviors.
  • BUS282 Leadership Ethics (online, no chat) 3 cr.

    Is it possible to lead without ethics? Is there a lesson to be learned from the Enrons and World Coms we have heard so much about? This course focuses on leadership ethics – what, how, and why. Learn about and test your own ethical values – apply your ethics to current cases from the business world. Learn the impact of ethical leaderships on others, and the cost of unethical leadership. Learn to let your ethics be your rudder in life.
  • BUS 283 Supervisory Leadership Tools 3 cr.

    Every leader can benefit from improved supervisory skills. This course focuses on some of the basic skills necessary to be an effective manager or supervisor. Effective communication will be applied to the topics of facilitating teams, delegation, and how to coach employees at different performance levels. Students will apply these concepts to personal and organizational situations.


Classes do not have to be taken in any particular order.

Great resume enhancer.

Good for those preparing to lead, new leaders, or leaders who would like to improve skills.

The coursework is more self-directed and less collaborative than cohort or other online classes. There are three (3) asynchronous seven (7) week classes in the certificate. Asynchronous classes entail students reading the text and doing assignments, completing discussion boards and possibly optional chats (each class is a bit different in how many discussion boards.)

These classes are writing intensive and are intended for students who are familiar with online learning and can maintain their own schedule without regular lectures or meeting times to keep them on task.

Classes cannot be audited or taken for noncredit.


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