Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach


Effective 1 June 2015 through 31 May 2016

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Graduate Certificate
18 Hours

This program offered by School of Education

Program Description

In Reggio Emilia, Italy the role of pedagogista is to support and collaborate with teachers in their daily work with children, their families and community.  The pedagogista does this by working closely with teachers to observe, document, analyze and interpret the rights and needs of each child and family and then use this knowledge to plan and project responsive learning experiences with children. This certificate is designed to offer an in-depth understanding of the fundamental principles and pedagogical practices of Reggio Emilia’s social constructivist approach to early learning and to enable teachers to learn the role of pedagogista in schools that are inspired by this approach.

This program is offered in partnership between Webster University, Reggio Children, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, the Municipal Infant-Toddler and Preschools of Reggio Emilia, and the Maplewood Richmond Heights School District.

The program consists of two semesters of full time university study and internship experience in St. Louis, MO. Students will take coursework through Webster University in collaboration with the University of Modena at Reggio Emilia and Reggio Children. Students must complete a two-semester internship in the Maplewood Richmond Heights Early Childhood Center in the St. Louis area. University of Modena and Reggio faculty will co-teach this program via online and face-to-face interaction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify and analyze the historical, social, philosophical and psychological underpinnings and principles of the Reggio Emilia approach and educational services in relation to those of other recognized approaches to early education in the U.S. and around the world. 
  •  Analyze systems thinking perspectives about early childhood services and the pedagogy of listening that support an interdependent community of learners (including children, teachers, families and the broader community).
  •  Develop and apply the skills and concepts of observation and documentation in relation to a) the pedagogy of listening, b) principles of organization of the day that support interdependence of learners and learning, c) the creation and ongoing development of learning environments, and d) the concept and practices of progettazione.
  •  Explore the role and functions of the pedagogical coordinator and demonstrate ability to carry out these functions in collaboration with teachers, children, and families from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.


  • ECED 5750 Negotiated Learning: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Education (3 hours)
  • ECED 5820 Creating Learning Environments (3 hours)
  • ECED 5870 Expressive Languages (3 hours)
  • ECED 5800 Applied Research (3 hours)
  • ECED 5810 Pedagogical Internship (3 hours)
  • ECED 5811 Pedagogical Internship (3 hours)

The university coursework will be totally integrated with the internship.


Admission Process:

Candidates may pursue the certificate by itself or integrate their certificate work with their MA degree in Early Childhood Education. All candidates must have prior teaching experience and a bachelor’s or master’s degree in early childhood education or a closely related field. All applicants must meet the admission criteria for the MA in Early Childhood Education

Students who are interested in applying to this certificate program should also see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.

Admission Requirements

  • Receipt of official transcripts from the baccalaureate-granting institution.
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher.
  • Admission to the Early Childhood Education MA program.
  • Essay:  What motivated you to become an early childhood educator?  Based on the School of Education’s mission statement, the program description and candidate learning outcomes, how do you think your participation in this certificate program will help you accomplish your personal and professional goals?

Send all admission materials to:

Office of Admission
Webster University
470 E. Lockwood Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63119

Completed application files will be reviewed by the Communication Arts, Reading and Early Childhood Department