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Antioch University Midwest is proud to offer experienced education professionals the opportunity to obtain a 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 of their growth and development process; Learning is a process of individual and group construction and the environment is organized to provoke and support learning). This certificate program prepares teachers to interact with children in intentional, constructive, and creative ways that focus on children’s capabilities, competencies, and interests.  The program promotes the development of a learning environment that is based on relationships, reciprocal learning, and reflection.

Antioch University Midwest provides its students with a classroom-based, experiential approach to learning that emphasizes understanding of both theories and sound educational practice.

The Certificate in the Reggio Emilia Approach at Antioch University Midwest is a course-based program aimed at meeting the needs of currently employed teachers interested in integrating Reggio inspired principles in their respective classroom situations and practice.


  1. 21 Semester Credits
  2. REA courses can be embedded as a concentration within a Master’s of Education degree or stand alone as a Certificate.
  3. Hybrid Delivery Model

Candidates Must:

  • Hold a current teaching license.
  • Have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 2.75 GPA for bachelor’s degree.
  • Have a minimum 3.0 for any graduate-level coursework.
  • Complete a skills assessment test proctored at Antioch University Midwest.
  • Complete an on-campus case study writing assessment.
  • Be interviewed by the ECE Program Chair.