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Positive Behavior Support for Young Children - University of Washington



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Learn the evidence-based models to promote social-emotional development for young children. With an apprenticeship you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.With this course you earn while you learn, you gain recognized qualifications, job specific skills and knowledge and this helps you stand out in the job market.

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Requirements: None.


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What you'll learn on the course

Children Education
Young children
Social emotional competence

Course programme

This course is offered in an experimental format. Students are welcome to audit the course, and participate in all course activities. Certificates will not be issued. Many early childhood educators report feeling ill equipped to meet the needs of children with challenging behavior and frustrated in their attempts to develop safe and nurturing early learning environment. If you work with young children, you are not alone in your feelings! Increasing evidence suggests that an effective approach to addressing problem behavior is the adoption of a model that focuses on promoting social-emotional development, providing support for children’s appropriate behavior, and preventing challenging behavior. In this class, you will learn a framework for addressing the social and emotional development and challenging behavior of young children. The overarching goal of this course is to learn evidence-based practices to support the social and emotional development of infants and young children. We will read current research on the developmental trajectory of children with early-onset aggressive behaviors; positive behavior support program models; and intervention efforts that promote positive early childhood mental health. Evidence-based classroom management skills will also be studied and you will leave the course with a solid understanding of how to design supportive environments. This course incorporates a community with which you can learn from others, share your own current approaches and discuss your attempts to incorporate the learnings of this course into your early childhood practice.

What you'll learn
  • Prevent and address challenging behavior and to foster social emotional competence in young children
  • Apply intensive and evidence based strategies to address almost any problem with young children
  • Reframe your own thinking in difficult situations
  • Reinforce peaceful problem-solving techniques with young children

Additional information

Gail Joseph Dr. Gail Joseph teaches in the Online Early Childhood and Family Studies BA at the University of Washington.  She  is an associate professor in the area of Educational Psychology and is the director of the Early Childhood and Family Studies. She teaches undergraduate courses and mentors graduate students. Before becoming a college professor, she taught in childcare, Head Start, and early childhood special education classrooms. Currently, she studies the quality of early care and education as well as co-directs the National Center for Quality Teaching and Learning.