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Clean and Equitable Energy Development Certificate Program

CEED Key Information

Program Overview

The Clean and Equitable Energy Development Certificate Program (CEED) is a 100% virtual online certificate program that provides you with the knowledge, frameworks, and skills needed to address challenges and advance opportunities toward an equitable clean energy transition

Systemic thinking and the ability to critically evaluate and promote effective policy, research, and the implementation of equitable energy development projects are foundational to the CEED program. These critical thinking skills are then coupled with highly sought practical knowledge. Within this program, you will design or redesign clean energy projects so that they can immediately impact the transition to a clean, affordable, and equitable energy future.


Taught by a combination of Yale faculty and experts in the field, with the CEED program you will learn:

  • the foundational concepts of energy,
  • the foundational theory and practice of environmental and climate justice,​
  • diverse approaches to energy justice, and​
  • the nuts and bolts of clean energy project development.
CEED Courses and Modules Illustration

After completing this program, you will be able to design and evaluate clean energy projects, promote policies that accelerate the just energy transition, and advocate on behalf of vulnerable communities that could be or are already affected by energy crisis and inequality.

Program Tuition

Tuition for the Fall and Spring cohorts of CEED's 2024-2025 academic year is $4,500.

  • Tuition payment is due in two installments of $2,250 each - as noted below in the Key Dates and Deadlines section.
  • There is no application fee or deposit. Should you be admitted to the CEED program, reserving your seat requires paying the first tuition installment in full and signing the Intent to Enroll form.
  • Exceptions to the payment deadlines are made for participants that may require special payment plans due to federal regulations (AmeriCorps, or USAID for instance), or for those who have arranged for a payment plan due to financial hardship or other extenuating circumstances. These special payment arrangements should be requested with as soon as possible, and before tuition payments are due.
  • Any scholarship awarded will be applied to the last tuition installment amount.


A small number of merit-based scholarships will be available, covering up to 75% of the tuition costs. Scholarship funds are limited and competitively awarded. You will not be able to submit a scholarship application after you have submitted your program application.

The scholarship application can be found within the program application system.

You will not be asked to provide information about your financial status. Because admissions and scholarship decisions are merit-based and evaluated holistically, we suggest you pay special attention to all aspects of the application, particularly the application and scholarship essays, to help us get to know you, your motivations for applying, your ability to succeed and contribute to the program and potential for impact. 

You will be notified of any scholarship award at the time of your admissions decision. Please note because this is a non-degree bearing program, traditional financial aid is not available. However, we encourage you to apply for a scholarship and enquire with your employer whether training and professional development funds may be applied to finance this program.

Here is a sample email to your employer to help get this discussion started. 

Who Should Apply?

  • Are you a working professional looking for opportunities to change energy systems and lead the just energy transition?
  • Are you an advocate and community leader motivated by creating job opportunities, protecting your local communities, and promoting equitable energy systems?
  • Have you completed the Financing and Deploying Clean Energy (FDCE) program and want to know more about opportunities to collaborate, invest, and promote policies, initiatives, and projects related to the clean energy sector and achieve the just energy transition?
  • Are you a policymaker that wants to lead the just energy transition and take advantage of opportunities for change at the local, state, and federal levels? 
  • Are you looking to understand the role of energy justice and clean energy development within your organization in order to do something for the planet and your community in a time frame that matters?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, CEED is for you.

Please check the "Applying to the CEED Certificate" tab to learn more about the application process.

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • Fall 2024

    • Admissions open: April 10, 2024
    • Admissions and scholarship deadline: June 10, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.
    • Admissions and scholarship decisions posted: July 29, 2024
    • Due date for enrollment and first tuition payment: August 19, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.
    • Last date to withdraw with a refund (less a $500 cancellation fee): September 2, 2024
    • Classes begin: September 2, 2024
    • Due date for final tuition payment: October 28, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.
  • Spring 2025

    • Admissions open: July 10, 2024

    • Admissions and scholarship deadline: September 9, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.

    • Admissions and scholarship decisions posted: November 1, 2024

    • Due date for enrollment and first tuition payment: November 18, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EST.

    • Last date to withdraw with a refund (less a $500 cancellation fee): January 12, 2025

    • Classes begin: January 13, 2025

    • Due date for final tuition payment: March 10, 2025, 11:59 p.m. EST.