Theories of Child Development

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Theories of Child Development     

3 Hours

This is a non-CEU Course.  ** DEL MERIT Approved STARS ** 

Tuition: $28.50

Mobile Devices: This course MAY be mobile friendly. However, because every device is different, we are unable to guarantee compatibility.  Our student support staff is unable to provide technical support when students are attempting to use an iPad, tablet or cell phone to complete an online course. Use of an iPad, tablet, or cell phone is at your own risk. 

Washington STARS Credit:  Child Growth, Development, and Learning (3 hours)

CDA Content Area: Principles of Child Growth and Development (3 hours)

Training Delivery Method:  Online

Content Focus Group:  

  • Infant
  • Toddlers
  • Preschoolers
  • School-Age

Training Type: Annual Continuing Education Training

Training Level: 2

Training Language(s): English

Description:  (3 hours) Online Self-Paced – Open Enrollment * We will begin by exploring some basic principles of child development and learning about five theories that influence the field of early care and education programs. Early care and education theorists are the people who develop ideas and beliefs about how children grow and learn. Theorists use a variety of methods in developing their ideas including observations of children. Early care and education theories may include ideas about education, social development, health, physical development, and language development. Early childhood caregivers and teachers look to the various theories to provide the foundations for working with young children. As an early care and education professional you will use the theories in your work with children. After you have gained experience and learned more about early education, you will use the theories to form your own philosophy of early childhood education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the 12 principles of child development. Define developmentally appropriate practice.
  • Explain the 12 developmentally appropriate teaching strategies to implement.
  • Explain the core idea of each of the theorists discussed in the orientation.

  Currently Enrolled Students *


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 is not tested on mobile devices or designed to be used on a mobile device. We are unable to provide technical support if you are attempting to use a mobile device (cell phone, tablet, or any other device other than a computer). And though many students may find that they are able to use their mobile device to complete the course, this training was developed to be done on a computer. Use of a mobile device is at your own risk.

6) This course uses multi-media video presentations. You will be required to view videos on your computer or mobile device in order to complete this course. Some students may find that they need to download Shockwave, Flash player or Java to view videos.

7) Some students may find that they have to update their internet browser, or Java, in order to log into the course, 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
    fantastic training

    Posted by Claudia on 29th Nov 2015

    Great training, it worked well for me!

  • 5
    good course

    Posted by nicole on 29th Nov 2015

    i liked and benefited form all of it

  • 5
    I really enjoyed learning about all the different theories

    Posted by Yolanda on 21st Apr 2015

    I really enjoyed learning about all the different theories and plan on bringing different aspects of each one into my classroom.

  • 5
    Information was relevant to current education needs.

    Posted by Jessica on 27th Mar 2015

    Ease of access, and the ability to come back to it as I needed to worked best for me.

  • 5
    Thank you awesome class

    Posted by Sandra on 16th Feb 2015

    It was a great class and I truly enjoyed it. Many of the areas I was familiar with but learn new stuff everyday.