Course 2: The Importance of Understanding Child Development for Early Childhood Educators

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for SDCOE Participants Only

This course will examine multiple development domains. Participants will explore early childhood development in the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional domains. Participants will learn about multiple developmental theorists throughout history and the role they play in understanding child development to this day. Participants will utilize their increased knowledge of child development and apply it to their role as an educator.

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.


Students enrolling in this course must have successfully completed EDC-X711W or EDC-X724U, a bachelor’s degree, and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X712W – Cohort 6 11 Aug 202414 Sep 2024 3 $237

Course 2: The Importance of Understanding Child Development for Early Childhood Educators

11 Aug 202414 Sep 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: August 11 – September 12, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Explain how understanding child development is foundational knowledge for working with young children
  • Demonstrate an understanding of different developmental theories
  • Utilize course content to observe a child and better understand the child’s development


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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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