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

  • Strategies to facilitate learning and development, including the significance of play, emergent curriculum in learning, and continuity of care
  • Best practices, including developmentally appropriate practices, that focus on the needs/interests of all children and youth and consider culturally-valued content and home experiences
  • Learning experiences that help all children and youth develop emerging intellectual curiosity, problem-solving and decision-making skills, and critical thinking Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) College and Career-Ready Standards for English Language Proficiency; Fine Arts; Health; History/Social Studies; Mathematics; Media; Physical Education; Reading/English Language Arts; Science; STEAM/STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Mathematics); Technology/Computer Skills; and World Languages
  • Integration of learning experiences with curriculum theories and current research
  • Approaches to learning and learning styles
  • Schedule management and transitions
  • Planning and implementation of appropriate environments that facilitate development in all domains for all children and youth
  • Design of new environments or modification of existing ones that nurture and educate all children and youth and meet state regulatory requirements
  • Appropriate equipment and materials for both indoor and outdoor learning environments
  • Cultural responsiveness and inclusionary practices.



Multi-Age-Groupings: Seven Benefits of Mixed Aged Grouping in Early Childhood

A multi-age classroom is not merely a group of different aged students placed in the same class. Instead, it is a well organized and thoroughly thought out program designed to take advantage of the natural diversity created. This course is designed to highlight the benefits of mixed-age grouping.
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 2
IACET/CEU: .2
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

A multi-age classroom is not merely a group of different aged students placed in the same class. Instead, it is a well organized and thoroughly thought out program designed to take advantage of the natural diversity created.   This course is designed to highlight the benefits of mixed-age grouping.

Managing The Early Childhood Classroom

"Classroom management creates a set of expectations used in an organized classroom environment. Effective classroom management paves the way for the teacher to engage the students in learning. Through this workshop, participants will learn the importance of a daily schedule and established routines; strategies to promote smooth transitions; how to effectively select developmentally appropriate learning materials and considerations for physical space/arrangements."
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 4
IACET/CEU: .4
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

Classroom management creates a set of expectations used in an organized classroom environment. Effective classroom management paves the way for the teacher to engage the students in learning. Through this workshop, participants will learn the importance of a daily schedule and established routines; strategies to promote smooth transitions; how to effectively select developmentally appropriate learning materials and considerations for physical space/arrangements.

Including Technology in The Early Childhood Program

"Technology is a tool.  When used correctly, technology can support and advance children’s learning.   Participants should take this workshop to learn strategies for integrating technology into the early childhood program in developmentally appropriate ways.  Prerequisite Knowledge Required: An understanding of the importance of using a variety of developmentally appropriate activities that support a child’s knowledge of technology and computer skills. Competent Level Training. "
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 2.5
IACET/CEU: .3
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

Technology is a tool. When used correctly, technology can support and advance children’s learning. Participants should take this workshop to learn strategies for integrating technology into the early childhood program in developmentally appropriate ways.

More Than Counting

Developmentally Appropriate Math Concepts for Young Children: Early childhood teachers must challenge their students beyond the minimal expectation of rote counting.  This course provides a foundation for expanding mathematics in their classroom.
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 3
IACET/CEU: .30
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

Developmentally Appropriate Math Concepts for Young Children: Early childhood teachers must challenge their students beyond the minimal expectation of rote counting.  This course provides a foundation for expanding mathematics in their classroom. 

Moving Right Along…Strategies for Smooth Transitions in the ECE Program

 "Transitions occur throughout the day in all early childhood programs.   Sometimes, these transitions can be challenging.  This course examines strategies for ensuring smooth transitions.  Prerequisite:  An understanding of transitions in the early childhood classroom. "
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 2
IACET/CEU: .20
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

Transitions occur throughout the day in all early childhood programs.   Sometimes, these transitions can be challenging.  This course examines strategies for ensuring smooth transitions.  

Going From Me To We: Social Studies in the Early Childhood Program

Social studies forms the foundation for "civic competence." This course will help participants learn how to implement a developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum. This is a competent level training. Prerequisites Required--Experience teaching preschool-aged children.
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 2.5
IACET/CEU: .30
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

Social studies forms the foundation for "civic competence." This course will help participants learn how to implement a developmentally appropriate social studies curriculum.  This is a competent level training. Prerequisites Required--Experience teaching preschool-aged children. 


Supporting Boys in the Early Childhood Classroom

Supporting Boys in The Early Childhood Classroom: The needs of boys and girls differ widely. Early Childhood professionals must consider these differences in their planning and teaching. This course provides some practical strategies for creating a responsive early childhood environment for boys.
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 2.5
IACET/CEU: .30
Core of Knowledge Area: 1.5 Curriculum and 1 Child Development
Course_Description:

Supporting Boys in The Early Childhood Classroom: The needs of boys and girls differ widely. Early Childhood professionals must consider these differences in their planning and teaching. This course provides some practical strategies for creating a responsive early childhood environment for boys.

Supporting Emergent Readers

"This workshop is designed to help early childhood educators understand and support emergent literacy.  Through selected appropriate children’s books, building schema, and helping students gain an awareness of sound, teachers can create an environment where emergent readers thrive and develop a love for reading.  Prerequisite:  Working definition and experience with emergent literacy. Intermediate Level Training.  "
OCC Approval Number: CKO-4860
Clock Hours: 3
IACET/CEU: .30
Core of Knowledge Area: Curriculum
Course_Description:

This workshop is designed to help early childhood educators understand and support emergent literacy.  By selecting appropriate children’s books, building schema, and assisting students in gaining an awareness of sound, teachers can create an environment where emergent readers thrive and develop a love for reading.