Early Childhood Environmental Education Certificate

Yash Bhagwanji, Ph.D.
Faculty Advisor and Coordinator of the Early Childhood Environmental Education Certificate Program (ECEEC)
Associate Professor
Department of Curriculum, Culture, and Educational Inquiry


Yash Bhagwanji is Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education and teaches required and elective courses in BECE, Early Childhood Environmental Education, and graduate programs. His expertise covers early childhood development, early childhood curriculum, early intervention, and family involvement. He is also a leading innovator in the field of early childhood environmental education. Bhagwanji’s Early Childhood Environmental Education Rating Scale: A Formative Evaluation Tool to Help Programs Improve Nature Education for Young Children https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/early-childhood-environmental-education-rating-scale-eceers has received national attention and assisted many programs in charting new innovations in programming. As a founding member of the Natural Start Alliance https://naturalstart.org/, he advocates children’s connections with nature and champions places of nature as important settings of learning for all children. He is recipient of a national award from the North American Association of Environmental Education, which recognized his contributions in advancing Early Childhood Environmental Education as an important element of children’s curriculum. Bhagwanji is the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Early Childhood Environmental Education https://naaee.org/eepro/resources/international-journal-early-childhood-3.

Prior to becoming a professor, Bhagwanji was an Infant/Toddler Teacher at a pioneering early childhood center that served children with and without special needs in Oklahoma City. He received his Ph.D. in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. In his capacity as a professor, he has been the recipient of many state and national grants related to improving early education as well as family services. For more information about Yash Bhagwanji’s experiences and credentials, please see https://www.fau.edu/education/faculty/bhagwanji/.