Pedagogical Coordination in the Reggio Emilia Approach

In the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education, pedagogistas support teachers and help educators develop constructive learning environments.

This graduate certificate program was designed in partnership with educational leaders from Reggio Children and the internationally acclaimed Municipal Preschools and Infant Toddler Centers of Reggio Emilia, Italy.  It 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 pedagogical coordinator in schools that are inspired by this approach.

In the school system of Reggio Emilia educators and families of each school are supported by a pedagogista who could be compared to a mentor, coach and/or consultant in U. S. schools.   The pedagogista supports the professional development of teachers and staff and collaborates with them to make choices and decisions about their ongoing work with children and families.  The pedagogista does this by working closely with teachers to observe, document, analyze the learning processes and experiences of children, and then draw implications for teaching and learning

The certificate program consists of four 3-credit hour courses and two 3-credit hour pedagogical coordinator internships for a total of 18 credit hours.  The four courses are offered online and internships can be completed and supervised at St. Louis partner schools or, with approval, at Reggio Inspired schools in other locations.   Those interested in completing internships outside the St. Louis area should inquire about this option by sending an email to

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