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Online Courses for Early Childhood Development

Coursework in early childhood development focuses on how children learn, develop essential skills and communicate within interpersonal relationships. Several institutions offer online courses in this field, which may be a part of an undergraduate or graduate degree program.

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Online Early Childhood Development Courses

The following course descriptions highlight commonly offered online courses for early childhood development.

  • Introduction to Early Childhood Course: This course introduces the fundamentals of early childhood development from its history through to prevailing philosophies of the day. Students also discuss the issues and challenges within the field.
  • Development and Learning Course: Students cover human development, from prenatal to adolescence, and how it is related to learning. Students explore types of development, including cognitive, emotional, physical and social growth.
  • Classroom Planning in Early Childhood Course: The course provides an understanding of early childhood development with respect to classroom learning. Students learn ways to adapt lessons for children with disabilities or other challenges.
  • At-risk Children and Classroom Learning Course: Students discuss the stressors that affect children's learning, including abuse, death, divorce and poverty. The course covers ways to adapt teaching and agencies available to help children cope.
  • Introduction to the Exceptional Learner Course: This course introduces students to issues involving special needs children, including children with disabilities and gifted children. Diagnosis, program creation and legal advocacy are among the topics covered.
  • Child Health, Nutrition and Safety Course: In this course, students learn about the nutritional needs of young children and how to help them develop lifelong healthy eating habits. They also learn to attend to other aspects of children's health, such as treating minor injuries, and to develop safety plans that minimize risks.
  • Children's Literature Course: This course helps students identify high-quality children's literature and find ways to integrate it into the curriculum. In particular, students can gain experience determining which books are appropriate for certain age groups.

Program Information

Online courses and programs are available for certificate, associate, bachelor's and master's degree programs in early childhood development. Often, these courses are found in early childhood education or human development programs. Many programs in this field can be completed completely online or are geared toward professionals who are already working in the field of education, including teacher aides, school administrators, counselors and teachers. While some graduate programs in early childhood development do not require a GRE or GMAT score before applying to the program, a teaching practicum is typically required before graduation.

Individuals who are interested in early childhood development can find relevant courses through programs at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.

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