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Principles of Child Development and Learning

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEU

Principles of Child Development and Learning

Principles of Child Development and Learning Course Description: 

This course applies to children of all ages.

Learn the basic principles of children's development and learning and ways to apply these principles to ensure a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program. Course includes specific and detailed suggestions for applying each principle to meet children's needs and to help all children develop each of their 8 intelligences every day. Includes a worksheet to gauge temperament scales and helpful listings of some goals for young children's development in the various (cognitive, emotional, etc.) domains. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Principles of Child Development and Learning you will be able to explain how specific principles apply to young children’s development; and identify strategies to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program based on principles of child development. Read more.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
PCD-13N9 CourseBook English101.0 $48.00
PCD-23N9 Online Course English101.0 $48.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either  CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Core of Knowledge/Core Competency/Training Category Info Pages: AlabamaDelawareMarylandMinnesotaNew YorkOregonSouth Carolina, and Vermont.

Attention Nevada Students: This course fulfills your Child Development/Guidance and Discipline training requirement.

Attention Texas students: Please click here to see how this course can be used towards the Texas Preservice training requirement.

Topics covered in Principles of Child Development and Learning: 
  • The basic principles of children’s development  
  • The different ways children are intelligent and learn
  • The role of children’s social and cultural contexts in their learning and development
  • Ways adults can apply the principles of children’s learning to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program 
  • The role of challenges and practice in children’s development and learning and how to provide appropriate challenges for individual children 
  • The role of play in children’s development and learning

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Principles of Child Development and Learning:

I have received my Care Courses book and was completely surprised at how well I liked it. As I got into the book, I realized I could hardly put it down. I have a two and a half year old as well as my day care and the book helped me apply the content to our daily lives. Thank you. - Gladwin, Michigan

I did get my order without any problem, and started studying it right away. As soon as I get this current course done I'm getting two more courses to get enough CEUs for my Career Ladder 7. I'm very excited, since I've already picked what I want to do next, and for the next course after that. :-) - Layton, Utah

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Care Courses offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official mailed certificate of completion. The CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

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