Certificate in Reggio Emilia Approach


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Interact with children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on children’s capabilities, competencies, and interests. Foster a learning environment that is based on relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection to build a more stimulating and inclusive classroom. The Reggio Emilia Approach (REA) is grounded in the belief that children are active protagonists of their own growth and development process, and learning is a process of individual and group construction. In order to accomplish this, the classroom environment must be organized to provoke and support learning. This certificate is offered by AU New England.

Program Overview

Reggio Emilia students playing. Antioch University New England is proud to offer experienced education professionals the opportunity to obtain an online certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach. The Reggio Emilia Approach refers to the philosophy of early childhood education that originated in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and was founded by Loris Malaguzzi. Many educators (e.g., Dewey, Piaget, Vygotsky, Gardner, and Bruner) inspire and inform the Reggio Emilia Approach. This REA is grounded in several key principles (e.g., Children are active protagonists in their growth and development process; Learning is a process of individual and group construction, and the environment is organized to provoke and support learning). Antioch University provides its students with an experiential approach to learning that emphasizes understanding both theories and sound educational practice.

Degree Requirements

The Certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach at Antioch University New England is a completely online program aimed at meeting the needs of currently employed teachers interested in integrating Reggio-inspired principles in their respective classroom situations and practice. The sequence of courses begins once per year in the second summer session (usually in early July). All courses are 7 lessons in 7 weeks, except for Making Learning Visible (MLV). MLV consists of 7 lessons but spans 14 weeks because the course requires documentation of student work.

Take a look at the catalog for a full list of requirements and courses.

Career Outlook

Upon completion of this certificate and depending on state requirements, students can perform work as a:

  • PK-3 Teacher
  • Director of Reggio Emilia inspired preschool program.

Learning Outcomes

Candidates will understand the principles and values of the Reggio Emilia Approach. Candidates will demonstrate the implementation of these values in their own classrooms.

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