Early Childhood Education Certification

The ECEC professional certification is available for school leaders, teachers, and classroom assistants through three distinct programs:

ECEC Leadership Program

The ECEC Leadership program provides education certification for leaders in primary schools and nurseries. The program is available in both Arabic and English languages.

ECEC Teachers’ Program

The ECEC Teachers’ program provides education certification for teachers at primary schools and nurseries. The program is available in both Arabic and English languages.

ECEC Teaching Assistants’ Program

The ECEC Teaching Assistants’ program provides education certification for classroom assistants at primary schools and nurseries, and is available in Arabic and English.

ECEC Programs Overview

The SEA ECEC programs strive to establish a comprehensive ecosystem of leaders, teachers, and teaching assistants for early childhood concepts and approaches. The program’s content is designed by the University of Helsinki HY+ and is based on the latest discoveries and research in the science of education for early childhood in Finland.

The content of the programs helps educators create a learning environment for children where they entirely engage in the learning process by tapping into their active and curious nature. This is particularly important in their learning journey. Sharjah Education Academy (SEA) has customized and localized the content to suit the UAE’s context.

These certification programs are designed to provide in-service school leaders, teachers, and classroom assistants with pedagogical studies and practical training that develop the participant’s 21st-century competencies in early childhood education and enable them to be innovative educators. The programs engage the participants in a learning process that is both enjoyable and useful, even a life-changer.

Our programs boast highly qualified trainers from around the world, who are experts in their field. They bring with them extensive experience and up-to-date scientific knowledge.

ECEC Programs’ Model

Our unique programs model approach ensures a comprehensive and dynamic learning experience, equipping the student with the essential tools for success in the field of early childhood education.

01  Flipped Learning and self-paced module before the contact sessions.
02   Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and collaborative learning.
03   Theoretical and research-oriented material.
04   Practical-oriented assignments reported in the online platform.
05   Skills, knowledge, and competencies assessment aligned with Early Childhood licensure.

Programs’ Overview

        • Each program comprises of 4 courses with 2 to 4 modules in each.
        • Programs’ Duration: 22 to 28 weeks
        • The total hours of work per module is 50 hours.
        • Each module is administered as follows:
    • Contact sessions 8-10 hours (each session includes a discussion based on flipped learning, theoretical orientation, and assignment for practical work, which will be reported in the online platform.
    • Independent study (15-20 hours), including reading, assignments, and discussions on the online platform.
    • Practical assignments (20-25 hours).
    • Summative assessment tasks related to the content of the modules.

Module Practical Elements

1. Clear practical assignments to conduct in participants’ workplaces with their team and promote home-school collaboration with the parents as part of each module. This is to help bring the theory learned into practice immediately, strengthen the connection and understanding, and avoid silo thinking.

2. Rotating internship/visits in the model units with clear assignments for each visit to be reported in the online platform. Furthermore, the rotation will build the participants’ professional network and provide peer support in creating change in their working place.

3. Practical project: Creating a development plan (Duration to be confirmed based on local needs as a part of the localization process), with precise desired results, milestones, action points, and follow-up plan. Presentation of the plan at the end of the training.

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