Courses listed in the Child Development category provide students with a basis of knowledge regarding special needs.  These course satisfy Maryland core knowledge requirements by covering the following key topics:

  • Theoretical and legal foundations for programs
  • Supports including accommodations, adaptations, modifications, inclusionary practices, and Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  • Developmentally appropriate practices for children/youth with social, emotional, cognitive (including language), and physical needs
  • Effective engagement and collaborations with parents/guardians, families, professionals, agencies, and others
  • Design of accessible classrooms/learning environments
  • Medical considerations.


Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

Early childhood professionals are decision makers—making many decisions about the children in our programs daily. Understanding DAP – its meaning and intentional practices – is essential in guiding those decisions.  Learn the three core components of DAP as well as guidelines of effective teaching.  2 Hours (Special Needs)


OCC Approval Number: 4860
Clock Hours: 2
IACET/CEU: .2