Principles of Child Development and Learning

10 Clock Hours / 1.0 CEUs / $50.00

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Course Description

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. Principles of Child Development and Learning covers how to apply each principle to meet children's needs, help all children develop their strengths in all intelligences, and address all learning styles. Includes helpful lists 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.

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Principles of Child Development and Learning
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Course formats

This course is offered in both our coursebook (with required online component/testing) and our fully online format. The online format of this course includes audio narration in most course sections.

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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.

Texas: This course is part of our Texas 24 clock hour pre-service training training for all new childcare providers.

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 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.

Topics covered

  • 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


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.

What our students say about 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

"I have enjoyed the course [Principles of Child Development and Guidance] that I have taken. I have learned a lot of information that I can apply to my work with children. The course work was easy to follow. - Houston, Texas

"Just want to let you know that Care Courses [Child Development and Guidance, Principles of Child Development and Learning, Toddlers in Child Care, and Infants in Child Careis great!!! I get my books mailed to me in a timely manner and the instructions are very thorough and easy to understand!! You guys are the best!" - Middlesex, New Jersey

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Completion deadline

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 50 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.

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