Methods for Enhancing Intellectual Development

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Methods for Enhancing Intellectual Development

2 hours / .2 CEU

Tuition:  $21.00

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In-Service Training Course Code:  ECE 0105

CDA Competency: Advancement of Physical and Intellectual Development [2 hours / .2 CEU]

Washington STARS Credit: Curriculum Development [2 hours]

Washington Core Competency: Content Area 2 Curriculum and Learning Environment  [2 hours]

 > Early Care & Education Professionals [2 hours]

Oregon Core Body of Knowledge: Learning Environments & Curriculum [2 hours]


Training Type: Annual Continuing Education

Training Delivery Method: Online

Cost: Fixed

Session Length: 2 Hours

Amount: $21.00

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: 

  • Family, Friend & Neighbor
  • Child Care Center
  • Head Start
  • School-Age
  • Military
  • Tribal Nations
  • Family Home Child Care
  • Parents/Relatives

Language(s) used in training: English

Content Focus Group:

  • Pre-Kindergarten Children
  • Infants
  • Toddlers
  • Preschool Age Children
  • School-Age Children

Training Methods:

  • Audio-video with facilitation
  • Independent study with supervision

Description of Training Session: 

Brain growth in infants begins early and progresses rapidly. The way to keep an infant’s brain growing is through early and repetitive play, communication, and attention. This course familiarizes students with methods for enhancing intellectual growth in children. It discusses brain development, how to motivate children to learn, and creativity’s role in intellectual growth, classroom management, and strategies for effective teaching.

Learning Objectives: 

  • RECALL the effects of external stimuli on a developing brain.
  • RECALL how mental achievements contribute to social and emotional growth.
  • IDENTIFY actions that stimulate and encourage cognitive development.
  • RECALL techniques and strategies for motivating children to learn.
  • RECALL educational activities that can be used to stimulate intellectual development.
  • RECALL areas in which creativity helps children learn and grow.
  • IDENTIFY types of toys that help children develop intellectual and physical skills.
  • RECALL ways to prepare a classroom for learning.
  • RECALL strategies for encouraging positive behavior.
  • RECALL how to use praise effectively.
  • RECALL techniques for maintaining classroom discipline.
  • RECALL proactive strategies that can prevent class management problems.
  • RECALL characteristics of effective child care providers.
  • RECALL characteristics of a variety of teaching models.
  • RECALL developmentally appropriate teaching practices that encourage cognitive development.
  • RECALL criteria for evaluating effective teaching.
  • RECALL the child care provider’s role in preparing children for school.
  • IDENTIFY the three types of learning styles.


  • Introduction
  • Brain Development
  • Motivating Children to Learn
  • Learning through Curiosity and Creative Play
  • Creating a Positive Climate for Learning
  • Effective Teaching
  • 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. 


 All courses are completely online. Nothing will be shipped. 



2) Student enrollments are activated between 8 am and 9 pm PST, 7 days a week. It can take up to 30 minutes after enrollment for your courses to become active for access. However, in most cases it is within 5 minutes.

3) Enrollments submitted between 9 pm and 8 am (during the night) will be processed by 8:30 am the next morning.

4) Check your email for instructions to start the training. You will receive an email with the word PASSWORD in the subject line. Click on the link in the email, and use the log-in credential provided to access the course.

5) Attention Mobile Device Users! This training cannot be done on a mobile device. Cell phones and tablets do not have the required software to run the online In-service courses. A computer with internet access is required to complete the online In-service training.

6) Some students may find that they need to download or update Shockwave, Flash player or Java.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, this is most often the case when trying to use Internet Explorer. We recommend Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome for the best results. Our student support staff is happy to assist students with troubleshooting should you encounter technical issues, and will provide common suggestions for solving problems that occur when normal browser maintenance or application updates need to occur.

8) Cancellations and refunds requested within 72 hours after enrollment are available for courses/programs that have NOT been accessed. Refunds and Cancellations will be charged a 20% cancellation fee.

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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  • 5
    This training helped me out tremendously with what I do at work.

    Posted by Brittany on 12th May 2014

    the part of the training that worked best for me was talking about the child's brain development. You can always learn more throughout every training you attend on a child's brain development. Talking about Tactile-hands on...Auditory-is hearing....Visual-seeing all of those help in a child's every day learning style while growing up.

  • 5
    Good Format

    Posted by Sara on 28th Mar 2014

    I like the outline of the training and if I missed a question it went back to the page that had that information on it so that I could read about it again and learn why I missed it. The course has an easy pace and I like that it saves my progress as I go, so I can return to it later.