Social–Emotional Development in Young Children

3 Clock Hours / 0.3 CEUs / $25.00

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Course Description

This course applies to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.

Learn about the steps that young children follow along the path of social–emotional development. This course covers factors that influence a child's sense of self, their interactions with others, and their approach to learning. Learn how your behavior, positive interactions, and guidance can promote healthy social–emotional development in young children.

See the learning outcomes and topics listed below for more information on what is covered in this course.

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Social–Emotional Development in Young Children
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Social–Emotional Development in Young Children
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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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Acceptance information

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.

Specific state information:

  • Colorado: Use this course to meet Colorado's requirement for 3 clock hours in social-emotional development. Click here for more courses that meet this Colorado requirement.
  • Nevada: Use this course to fulfill the 3-hour child development/guidance and discipline training requirement. Click for more courses that fulfill this Nevada requirement.

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 social interactions in a child care setting and at home affect development; and discuss ways that your behaviors, attitudes, and positive interactions can promote children’s healthy social–emotional development and positive behavior.

Topics covered

  • 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


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.

What our students say about Social-Emotional Development in Young Children

"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 am happy with the courses. They are always informative, easy to follow, good instructions, and easy to learn. The material is always relevant and in some cases, updates me on things that have changed. It's also great that I can take classes on my time, at my leisure, without having to leave the house. Thank You."  - Wrightstown, New Jersey

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

"I am so grateful for Care Courses. They make getting my required continuing education hours so easy. Receiving the courses [Social-Emotional Development] quickly and a rapid response for grading! Plus, the classes are well planned and informative. Thanks so much." - Southlake, Texas

"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

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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