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Early Social and Emotional Development

This course has two primary purposes: (1) to introduce you to basic concepts in social and emotional development and (2) to promote concepts that build positive relationships with young children in the early childhood environment. Course content covers children from infancy to preschool. Course materials represent the current research in the field as it relates to social and emotional development and can be readily used in everyday practice. The materials in the course have been pulled from leading institutions and organizations in early childhood research, theory, and practice.


Pedagogical Approach

This course is designed to be facilitated either fully online or through a blended modality. It can be easily converted to a face to face course by making resources available to students during class time. 

Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  • Engage in interactive activities.
  • Define social and emotional development.
  • Explore the connection between social-emotional development and the developing brain.
  • Recognize social-emotional milestones of young children.
  • Define temperament and its role in determining behavior.
  • Examine the role of culture on social-emotional development and parenting.
  • Discuss the role of relationships in positive social and emotional development.
  • Analyze strategies for preventing challenging behaviors in the early childhood classroom (birth to five years of age).
  • Explore strategies for promoting social skills and social competence in the early childhood classroom.
  • Define emotional literacy and discuss strategies for enhancing emotional literacy in young children.
  • Identify the meaning of challenging behavior and recognize appropriate responses for young children.


This course is designed to encourage active learner engagemnet and participation. Therefore, each module will conclude with at least one assignment asking to students to reflect and apply acquired knowlege. For a list of assignments per module, click here.

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