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Expert Course in The role of the teacher in innovation in Childhood Education

This certification aims to enhance the professional profile of Childhood Education professionals in order to empower teachers for innovation processes.


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300 hours
Sep 29, 2018 - Jun 30, 2019


The specialist certification in Innovation in Childhood Education aims to impact the training of professionals in Childhood Education. In response to needs that may arise in the modern teaching profession and in innovation processes, the certification seeks to enhance the professional profile of Childhood Education professionals and to empower the teacher by influencing the balance of the personal and professional aspects of the profession.

With these goals in mind, the certification will focus on three areas:

  1. Teacher awareness in relationships. The teacher himself or herself is the most important tool in the profession. In this profession whose foundation is built on relationships, it is a primary goal for the teacher to be as self-aware as possible, because the relationships he or she forms with the children, with families, with coworkers, and with other agents in the educational community will determine the development and well-being of the child as well as the evolution of the school project. The instructors who participate in this specialist certification will be immersed in the process of becoming aware, beginning with their own bodies and integrating sensation, emotion, thought, and behavior. The certification seeks to have a positive impact on relationships formed with others in a self-aware and self-regulating way stemming from the functions specific to the body. After all, each individual’s “innovation” is based on a process of innovation. 
  2. Teacher innovation through the integration of theories. Many local schools are immersed in innovation processes and there are changes in a number of areas: the organization of space and time, materials, the role of the teacher, evaluation, etc. Innovations tend to be based on many different theories, but often there is no integration of those theories. Therefore, in this specialist certification program, we seek to provide integration of theories when innovations are carried out, by delving into the meanings of different points of view in order to be able to adapt them to a given situation. For this purpose, we will become familiar with and analyze a number of experiences in which theory is put into practice.
  3. Teacher innovation in a group. Innovation in education is based on collaboration. The ability to create a common project is essential and likewise, the cohesion of the teacher group is key. The relationships among teachers and the teachers’ level of involvement and commitment will determine the execution and duration of the innovation process. Therefore, the participants in this specialist certification program will go through a process that leads to cohesion in an experiential way, taking into consideration group work, effective communication, and the well-being of all members of the group. 

Personal transformation and meaningful reflection on practices will form the foundation of our work, and from this foundation we will cultivate the competencies needed for the development of innovation processes in Childhood Education.

Aimed at

This certification is intended for graduates, degree holders, and senior technicians working in the field of Childhood Education. The specialist certificate is of particular interest for professionals who are involved in or will soon be involved in the process of innovation in their field of work.


The specialist certification requires 12 ECTS in the following modules:

  • Module I: Self-awareness in the innovation process.
  • Module II: My relationships with others: the child, the family, and coworkers.
  • Module III: Integration of different innovation theories: managing time, space, materials, and evaluation, and intervention as a teacher.
  • Module IV: My experiences: reflection on my own practices.
  • Module V: End-of-course report.

Upon completing the specialist certification, students will be offered seminars to continue their studies.


The group will share their reflections based on their own personal experiences. An experience-based group dynamic will be created, taking intra- inter- and full-group processes into consideration.


Specialist certification classes begin on September 29, 2018

Specialist certification classes end on June 30, 2019

This certification requires 12 ECTS (300 hours). In-person classes are scheduled as follows:

  • 3 retreat weekends:
    • Saturday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00-8:00 pm
    • Sunday: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • 7 Saturdays on the Aretxabaleta campus: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm and 4:00-8:00 pm


Members of the Hazitegi research group will be the lead instructors:

  • Itziar Arregi
  • Alexander Barandiaran
  • Iñaki Larrea
  • Iratxe Ramirez
  • Eider Salegi
  • Naiara Zia


  • Registration dates: April 9 to September 17, 2018.
  • Documentation: last day: September 17th.
  • Interviews: September 8 to 25.
  • Matriculation: September 26 and 27.


Alexander Barandiaran

Information days

  • Thursday, June 7, 6:00 pm, Aretxabaleta campus

Admission conditions and process

Prospective students must preregister in order to be considered for the specialist certification program. All prospective students will be interviewed. Final acceptance into the program will be based on the interview.

Details and dates

  • Preregistration is open until June 15. (Preregistration and Registration)
  • Interviews: June 18-22.
  • Registration for those accepted into the program: June 25 – July 6.

Registration forms

Registration forms must be sent to the following address:

Ane Agirreurreta (Head of Administrative Management)


Based on their quality of work, a maximum of 18 students will be accepted into the program.

Pricing info

€2850 (including retreats). Financial assistance offered by the Fundación Tripartita may be available to those in the school system. Discounts are available for members of the Mondragon University Alumni Association.