Challenging Behaviors in Early Childhood is the first course in a three-part series of self-paced courses designed to support early childhood teachers’ and caregivers’ understanding of the social-emotional learning and development of young children. This short course is divided into three interactive modules to help teachers 1) understand these differences; 2) identify the developmental and environmental influences that aggravate challenging behaviors and 3) find strategies for de-escalating and responding positively to challenging behaviors when they occur. This course and the full series was developed through a grant-funded partnership between local Grand Rapids Early Childhood Community Partners, Grand Valley State University College of Education faculty, Grand Rapids-based PBS station WGVU and PBS.
Through this course, you will learn more about how you can:
- Define challenging behaviors as persistent mistaken behaviors
- Identify developmental and environmental influences that aggravate challenging behaviors
- Know several strategies for de-escalating and addressing challenging behaviors and situations
To complete this module you will need to complete one online journal assignment and contribute to five discussion boards.
- Define the behaviors that qualify as "challenging" in young children
- Explore why challenging behaviors are common in young children and occur in our early childhood environments
- Reflect on the typical use of rewards and punishments as a tool for responding to challenging behaviors.
- Define the developmental and environmental influences that aggravate children's behavior
- Consider which influences might be affecting the children in your learning environment
- Prioritize your own self-care in light of the personal impacts of challenging behavior
- Know how to de-escalate a challenging behavior when it occurs
- Respond to root causes of challenging behaviors
- Use proactive strategies for building children’s social-emotional skills
You will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, which can be used for verification with your school administration or state/district PD office for recertification units or Continuing Education Units (CEUs). All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.
Learners who successfully complete PBS TeacherLine courses may be eligible for CEU credits from their state or school district. Learners should check with their district or state professional development office to determine eligibility before enrolling in a PBS TeacherLine course.
PBS TeacherLine provides Learners with:
- The opportunity to print a course certificate of completion which includes course hours of the course.
- A PDF copy of the course syllabus.
PBS TeacherLine does not offer CEUs directly and is not authorized to grant CEU credits. This is typically done by state and district professional development offices.
The Self-Paced Courses are designed to be completed in 1.5 to 4 hours. Learners have a full year of access to their Self-Paced Course content that begins immediately upon enrollment.
The design and structure of the PBS TeacherLine course is based on best practices and research that highlight the importance of content-focused curriculum methods and active learning assignments that provide teachers with opportunities to design, practice and refine teaching strategies in their own classrooms. Learners can explore the course content, watch videos, complete interactive activities, reflect on learning with peers, and take self-assessments. Working at their own pace and according to their individual schedules, learners will have access to the course for 1 year after the purchase date to complete this 3 hour professional learning opportunity.
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Our self-paced courses typically require 1.5 to 4 hours of study. Learners will receive a printable certificate upon completion of all coursework, activities, and multiple-choice quizzes. All learners must score 100% on quizzes (with multiple attempts permitted) in order to receive the completion certificate.