Skip to Main Content Skip to bottom Skip to Chat, Email, Text
"Degrees & Programs"


Effective Instruction for Early Childhood Education




Estimated Tuition


Total credits


Course length

Start when you're ready

Choose an upcoming start date:

Enroll by 1pm Central:

Please Note: Attendance and participation are mandatory in all University courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.

University of Phoenix reserves the right to modify courses. While widely available, not all programs are available to residents of all states. Please check with a University Enrollment Representative.

Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course focuses on the attributes and pedagogy specific to young children, in addition to theoretical models of curriculum development, instruction, and assessment that optimize teaching and learning in the early childhood setting. Participants examine methods for designing lessons and explore effective teaching strategies to promote learning. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



What you'll learn

Course skills and outcomes

Learning Goals, Objectives, and Lesson Planning

  • Differentiate between goals and objectives.
  • Relate Bloom’s Revised Taxonomy and Depth of Knowledge (DOK) to writing goals and objectives.
  • Write developmentally appropriate objectives.
  • Explain how a lesson plan objective relates to instruction.
  • Describe the components of a lesson plan.
  • Compare different approaches to lesson planning.
  • Explain the role of standards in planning and instruction.
  • Determine the information needed to make instructional decisions in an early childhood setting.
  • Design a lesson plan.


  • Compare the strengths and weaknesses among assessment types.
  • Create instructionally sound assessments appropriate for young children.
  • Design a rubric to identify criteria for evaluating a learning activity.
  • Describe how assessments and evaluation of children’s learning can be used to guide lesson planning and instruction.

Instructional Strategies

  • Compare the effectiveness of various instructional strategies for young students.
  • Demonstrate how to use various instructional strategies to promote student-centered learning.
  • Integrate graphic organizers and concept mapping to promote lesson planning and instruction.
  • Describe how students’ critical thinking can be promoted through effective objectives, questioning, and activities.
  • Describe methods of differentiating instruction to meet the needs of culturally and academically diverse students.
  • Explain how response to intervention (RTI) supports student learning.

Evaluation, Reflection, and Promoting Student Learning and Development

  • Describe the importance of self-reflection for lesson planning.
  • Describe how assessments and evaluation of student learning can be used in lesson planning.
  • Critique lesson plans.
  • Evaluate your personal disposition toward the teaching profession.
  • Develop classroom management strategies to positively affect lesson delivery and student learning.
  • Explain the effect of school, family, and community relationships on teaching and learning.
  • Describe how addressing student diversity in lesson planning can promote student learning.


Why take courses at University of Phoenix

Accreditation that matters

We’ve been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission ( for more than 40 years.

Real-world instructors

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.

Next Steps

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Start a conversation about your future with an enrollment representative today.

Call (844) 937-8679

Transfer Credits

Credit Transfer

Credit Transfer

Need to transfer credits to another college or university?

Before you enroll in a course, check with your school of choice to make sure they will accept our transfer credits and to understand any requirements or limitations. Then you can complete your course, and request your official transcript be sent to your school. That’s it!

How to request your transcripts