This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
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 suggestions for applying each principle to meet children's needs, help all children develop their strengths in all intelligences and address all learning styles. Includes helpful listings of developmental milestones for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
See the learning outcomes and topics listed below for more information on what is covered in this course.
This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. Click here to learn more about our training formats.
This course is accepted for child care professional development training requirements in most states and for the CDA credential and for CDA renewal training requirements.Nevada: This course fulfills the child development/guidance and discipline training requirement. Click for more courses that fulfill Nevada's requirement.
After completing Principles of Child Development and Learning you will be able to explain how specific principles apply to young children’s development and learning; identify strategies to provide a high-quality, developmentally appropriate early childhood program based on understanding of these principles; and much more! Click to view all of the learning outcomes for this course.
Must be able to fluently read and write English.
Read written material, view videos, listen to audio segments.
Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.
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This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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Care Courses currently offers over 30 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.
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 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.
Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.