Course 1: Brain Development for Early Childhood Educators

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for SDCOE TK Participants Only

This course will examine the architecture of the young child’s developing brain. Participants will learn how the brain develops. Participants will also learn how brain development sets a foundation for learning and behavior. Throughout this course participants will explore the role that educators of young children play in guiding healthy brain development.

Course Details

Number of Units: 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for Multiple Subject credentialed teachers needing ECE units to teach TK.

Course Materials: Text, The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture Your Child's Developing Mind by Author(s) Daniel J. Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson available at or your local bookstore


Students enrolling in this course must have a bachelor’s degree and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X711W – Cohort 6 30 Jun 202403 Aug 2024 3 $237

Course 1: Brain Development for Early Childhood Educators

30 Jun 202403 Aug 2024
Credit Validation

Directions for Participants: Register with SDCOE by emailing [email protected]

Refund Policy: All Credit Validation enrollments are refundable, less a $25 fee, if requested within 30 days of enrollment date. There will be no refunds for Credit Validation after the allotted 30 days.

Enrollment Open Through: June 30 – August 1, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the parts of the brain and the role they play
  • Explain how the brain develops and how knowing this supports early childhood educators
  • Demonstrate an understanding that teacher-child interactions and building relationships are essential to positive brain development


Professional development courses offered by the University of San Diego’s Division of Professional & Continuing Education are taught by faculty that possess a depth and breadth of academic and real-world professional experience.

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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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Earn credit for your previous work in trainings, workshops, and conferences through a simple process.

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Many receiving institutions may accept credits towards degree programs, giving you a head start in earning a graduate degree.