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How Your CDA Certification Helps You Teach Social and Emotional Development

One of the areas of focus when completing your CDA certification will involve the social and emotional development of young children. At ProSolutions Training, we have a number of different classes that help you learn about children's social and emotional development and ways to enhance children’s learning in these areas. Let’s explore some courses.

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Social and Emotional Development in Infants

This class trains educators in the social and emotional development of infants. The hour-long course covers the major developmental milestones for an infant, specifically during the first 18 months of life. There are millions of connections happening in the brain, and arguably, this is the time when the brain develops the most.

At the end of the course, you should be able to understand various infant temperaments, how caregiver practices affect development, and the important aspects of forming attachments. You will also earn 0.10 CEU credits toward your CDA certification with this class.


Social and Emotional Development of Toddlers

This course is also worth 0.10 CEU credits toward your CDA certification, and continues exploring social and emotional development during the next phase of a child's life: toddlerhood. After completing this hour-long course, you should be able to list three developmental behaviors that are present in toddler years.

Many of these behaviors coincide with a toddler’s growing sense of self, and the course covers how the desire for increased autonomy affects the child's experience with things such as separation anxiety. In addition, you also learn how culture and language affect toddlers’ social and emotional development as well.  


Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers

In this course, you will explore how social and emotional development continues as the child reaches ages three to five. During this stage, children start to discover their roles outside their home and family, as well as how to interact with other adults, in addition to their peers.

During the preschool years, children experience many leaps in development, and you will see how initiative and self concept tie into this stage of development. Additionally, you will begin to understand the intersection of culture and gender within the constructs of preschool social and emotional development. Finally, after completing this hour-long course worth 0.10 CEU credits, you should be able to list six stages of social participation and how to discourage antisocial behavior in your preschool students.


Activities That Promote Social and Emotional Development

Once you complete the courses about social and emotional development during these stages of life, you can take related courses that focus on activities that promote social and emotional development. Again, there is one course focused on infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

In these courses, you learn about the key areas of social and emotional development, and ways to directly support social and emotional development at each stage of a young child's life.


If you are working on your CDA certification, you can make the process easier by taking courses online at ProSolutions Training. We offer certification, and we can also help existing educators with their continuing education requirements. Use our site to get started today.