These learning modules are highlights of higher education courses from the EarlyEdU Alliance. EarlyEdU follows an innovative competency- and practice-based framework. If you are familiar with the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) 15-minute in-service suites, this approach will be familiar to you. These learning modules go a bit deeper than the in-service suites and combine theory and the latest early childhood education research with students’ field-based learning.
Trainers and instructors can use these four modules for professional development or higher education classes. When using the modules for professional development, trainers may also want to partner with their institutions of higher education to offer continuing education units (CEUs) for completion. Participants will learn about child development and effective teaching practices and watch relevant videos of classroom teachers interacting with children. They will also discuss and try out the practices and reflect on their own experiences.
The modules range from one-and-a-half to three hours long. Each includes a highlight video, a media-rich PowerPoint presentation, presenter notes, learning activities, and a resource lists. Participants film and reflect on their own practices with video assignments.
The EarlyEdU Alliance, led by the University of Washington, works to increase access to affordable, relevant courses leading to college degrees that prepare early childhood teachers for success in the classroom. For more information, visit the EarlyEdU Alliance website or view the EarlyEdU Alliance webinar.
EarlyEdU Course Modules
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Learn teaching practices to help children develop a varied emotional vocabulary and identify feelings in themselves and others. Practice talking with families about children's emotional literacy.
Building Skills in Two Languages
Learn teaching practices to encourage language development in English and home languages for children who are learning more than one language. Practices include having responsive conversations, teaching new vocabulary, and building relationships with parents that support language development.
Using Interactive Media in Early Learning
Review criteria to select and evaluate interactive media for use with young children in early childhood settings. Learn effective teacher-child interactions that expand children's learning when they are using media.
Mindfulness: A Resilience Practice
Discover the impact of stress and the way that mindfulness practices can help teachers become more resilient. Try a mindfulness practice with children in your program.
Last Reviewed: November 2016
Last Updated: March 6, 2017