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Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

3 Clock Hours / 0.3 CEUs

Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

Social-Emotional Development in Young Children Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Learn the basic goals of young children's social-emotional development, how early experiences shape this development, and ways in which adults can support children's healthy social-emotional development. See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Learning Outcomes: After completing Social-Emotional Development in Young Children you will be able to identify stages of social-emotional development in young children; explain factors that influence children’s skills for interacting with others, and that support their learning and sense of self; describe how children’s early experiences and positive relationships in a child care setting at home and affect development; and discuss ways that your behaviors, attitudes, and positive interactions can promote children’s healthy social-emotional development and positive behavior.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
SED-13N9 CourseBook English30.3 $25.00
SED-23R9 Online Course English30.3 $25.00

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

Attention Colorado Students: This course may be used to meet Colorado's requirement for 3 clock hours in social-emotional development. For other courses that meet this Colorado requirement, click here.

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

Topics Covered in Social-Emotional Development in Young Children:

  • Stages of social-emotional development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers
  • Children’s stages of play
  • How children’s early experiences shape their development
  • Factors that influence children’s sense of self and skills for interacting with others
  • The impact of toxic stress on children’s social-emotional development
  • The importance of positive relationships and secure attachments at home and in a child care setting
  • The importance of expressing emotions
  • How to provide guidance to children by modeling positive behavior and interactions
  • How to practice empathetic listening and attuned responses

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 quiz and written assignments.

Comments on Social-Emotional Development in Young Children:

Thank you for the follow-up. I have received my Care Courses. I have completed one, mailed in the quiz and am now working on the second course. I am impressed with your product. It allows me to get required training at my own pace. I will definitely use your products in the future. - Attleboro, Massachusetts

I learned so much from the course.  I'll be taking more in the future. Thank-you. - West Jordan, Utah

The Social-Emotional Course gave me wonderful insight into how adults affect the children in my care. Of course I do realize what I do and say affects the children but this course had me delve deeper into how these actions and responses by adults impact the children. Great course that I have already recommended to my provider friends. - Salisbury, Maryland

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

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To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, 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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