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Professional Practices

Smart Horizons ECE 0209 In-Service
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Professional Practices (1 hour / .1 CEU)

Tuition: $10.50

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0209

CDA Competency: Commitment to Professionalism [1 hour / .1 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Administration [1 hour]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 8: Professional Development and Leadership  [1 hour] 

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [1 hour] 

 > School-Age Professionals  [1 hour]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Personal, Professional & Leadership Development [1 hour]


Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 1 Hour

Amount: $ 10.50

Session Level: 2

Participants will have an opportunity to interact with the trainer/instructor: The student is encouraged to contact the trainer and other student support staff by email, Live Chat, phone for support and resources. Student support hours are 8 am until 9 pm, 7 days a week. Student forum and assignments provide the student with opportunities to share experiences, to engage with the trainer and other students, and to reflect on what they have learned. 

Audiences the training applies to: 

  • Administrators
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • School-Age

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Staff
  • Administrators

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

Professionalism is an important quality in child care providers. To demonstrate professionalism, child care providers are expected to display a commitment to the facility and children they serve. They should uphold ethical principles and become lifelong learners by joining professional organization, attending workshops, earning certificates, or seeking degrees. This course provides an overview of the professional practices expected of child care providers. It includes the definition of professionalism as well as measures to attain a professional reputation, as perceived through the child care provider’s words and actions.

Learning Objectives: 

  • RECALL applicability of professionalism to the child care/early childhood education vocation.
  • IDENTIFY professional behaviors.
  • IDENTIFY actions to assess and enhance personal professionalism.  


  • Introduction
  • Being a Professional
  • Professional Behaviors
  • Continued Professionalism
  • Summary
  • End of Lesson Test 


This is a self-paced course that and can be saved and resumed during any point. Assessment question and answer sessions during the course monitor the students’ progress, and support the student’s progression, and learning objectives. There is a test at the end of each course. The questions on the test are completely based on the materials covered in the specific course. The student must get 70% or better to pass the test. If 70% is not achieved, then the training system automatically takes the student back through the course to review the materials that were missed on the test. The student is then returned to the test to try again for a second attempt if needed. 



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9) Once you log in and start a course, a refund is not available. After 72 hours, the payment credit can be transferred to a different training or to a new student if the training was not started by the original student for up to 30 days after enrollment.

10) Refunds are not available after 72 hours.

11) Refunds are not available for courses/programs that have been started.

12) Washington students must submit an evaluation form with a valid STARS ID number upon completion of the course and a certificate will be emailed to you. Certificates are prepared throughout the day, 7 days a week.

13) Completed courses are recorded in MERIT Monday through Friday, throughout the day continuously, between 8 am and 3 PM. If you complete your training in the evening or over the weekend, it will be recorded on the next business day during those hours.

14) During the last two weeks of December, expect longer processing times for enrollment and certificates due to the high volume enrollments and completed trainings during the year end rush. We recommend enrolling and completing your training prior to the end of December whenever possible.

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