Course 3: Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education

3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for SDCOE Participants Only

This course will focus on developmentally appropriate practices in early childhood education. Students will build upon their prior knowledge of children’s development and theories of learning, using The California Preschool Learning Foundations. Considering various models of developmentally appropriate practice, students will use The California Preschool Curriculum Framework to plan for learning in all content areas. Participants will also engage in reflections and discussions on how to ensure the needs of all learners are met.

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, NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8. 4th ed. by NAEYC et al available at or your local bookstore

Free online text, The Integrated Nature of Learning, California Department of Education, Sacramento, 2016


Students enrolling in this course must have successfully completed EDC-X711W AND EDC-X712W OR EDC-X724U, a bachelor’s degree, and California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.

Course Options

Course Date Units Price
EDC-X713W – Cohort 6 22 Sep 202426 Oct 2024 3 $237

Course 3: Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education

22 Sep 202426 Oct 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: September 22 – October 24, 2024 (11:59pm PT)

What You Will Learn

  • Demonstrate an understanding of The California Preschool Curriculum Foundations and Frameworks
  • Explain what developmentally appropriate practices looks like in early childhood education classrooms
  • Apply developmentally appropriate practices to early childhood teaching practices through lesson planning design


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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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