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Developmentally-Effective Learning Environments




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course examines developmentally-effective strategies used to create a positive and active early childhood learning environment for young children, birth through age 8. Topics include classroom management techniques, motivational strategies for young children, family/school relationships, instructional planning and assessment, and arranging an effective learning space. Participants develop a classroom management plan for an early childhood setting. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Classroom Management Techniques in the Early Childhood Setting

  • Identify appropriate behavior and safety standards for young children.
  • Analyze the relationship between expectations and behaviors for young children.
  • Develop classroom rules that support a safe and effective learning environment that fosters mutual respect for all.
  • Analyze the influence that relationship of family, culture, and society have on early childhood classroom management.
  • Develop strategies for managing off-task behaviors.
  • Demonstrate communication skills that support children in solving problems and making good or appropriate choices.
  • Create a classroom management plan for an early childhood setting.

Enhancing Student Motivation to Learn in Early Childhood

  • Develop learning activities to engage and motivate children.
  • Identify types of motivation, including intrinsic and extrinsic, that support student engagement while learning.
  • Discuss ways to incorporate student interests in daily activities.
  • Identify appropriate types of play in the classroom.
  • Develop centers that meet learning standards for young children.

Communicating with Family Members in the Early Childhood Setting

  • Analyze and discuss approaches to family engagement and involvement in student learning.
  • Describe strategies for engaging parents in setting developmentally-appropriate rules and consequences at home.
  • Identify effective communication strategies to use with families.
  • Plan an activity to support a home–school connection.
  • Identify and discuss the benefits of family involvement.

Incorporating Effective Instructional Planning and Assessment in Early Childhood

  • Demonstrate an appreciation for diversity to include adaptations and modifications of instructional planning to meet the individual needs of young children.
  • Describe the appropriate use of adaptive or assistive technology to support young children’s full access to the school community (such as materials, media, or technology).
  • Create learning activities that employ technology.
  • Identify the effective uses of observation as a form of assessment.
  • Discuss different forms of formal and informal assessment in the classroom.

Arranging an Effective Learning Environment in the Early Childhood Setting

  • Design an effective and safe classroom environment that makes the best use of space.
  • Design a safe and effective outdoor play environment.
  • Design learning centers that focus on using different modalities.
  • Examine early childhood setting designs that minimize negative behaviors.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

Affordable and potentially reimbursable

Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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