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Boulder Journey School and University of Colorado Denver - Colorado Interpretations of the Reggio Emilia Approach to Early Childhood Education Part 1

Course Number
Throughout this course we will encounter the philosophy, foundational ideas and practices from the infant toddler centers and preschools of Reggio Emilia, Italy. While exploring the deeply-rooted yet innovative Reggio Emilia Approach, in each module we will make connections to the Reggio-inspired work at Boulder Journey School, a school for young children and teacher education program in partnership with the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver. Part I is a non-credit, ungraded professional learning experience that is rigorous. The readings, media resources and assignments are self-guided and peer mediated with significant opportunities to socially construct understanding(s) in asynchronous small groups. Additionally, there will be full group synthesis by an instructor with extensive experience with the Reggio approach. With a certificate of completion of Part I, students can take Part II and convert the professional development into credit. You will be asked to demonstrate learning in an assessment that will be evaluated for credit.

Clock Hours
Participants are awarded 2 continuing education units (CEUs) through University of Colorado Denver.  8 to 12-week course depending on semester with approximately 4 hours of course work each week. 

Course Delivery Method
Self-guided with some virtual meetings. Internet access and a device, such as a laptop or desktop computer, is required. Virtual platform link will be emailed to participants. Please see registration information below.

Target Audience
Early childhood (birth - age 8) educators, directors, family child care providers


$520 payable through University of Colorado Denver website
Upon completion, learner will be able to:
  • Explore and identify the core values and core concepts of the Reggio Emilia Approach.
  • Explore and describe interpretations of the Reggio Emilia Approach to early childhood education at Boulder Journey School.
  • Examine personal practices as inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach and the work at Boulder Journey School.
  • Co-construct and deepen understanding of the possibilities of Reggio-inspired practices.
  • Experiment and innovate new practices in your context.
This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

Child Growth, Development, & Learning 7.3 Plans, implements, and monitors the program to address each child’s strengths and needs.

Child Observation & Assessment 2.2 Uses child observation and assessment results to implement a developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate individualized curriculum.

Professional Development and Leadership 6.2 Implements new learning gained in professional development opportunities (i.e., conferences, professional organizations, local training opportunities, college courses) to increase knowledge in current trends and research- based practices.

Program Planning & Development 2.1 Understands and explains program goals and objectives and follows plans for daily activities.

Teaching Practices 1.3 Plans, monitors, and evaluates instructional strategies that encourage child growth, development, and learning.

Teaching Practices 2.3 Plans, monitors, and evaluates classroom organization procedures to maximize child growth, development, and learning.

Teaching Practices 4.3 (a) Plans and evaluates curriculum-based learning opportunities in the classroom to meet the needs of all children. (b). Plans and monitors curriculum models based on evidence of positive climate, teacher sensitivity, and regard for children with varied abilities and focus.

Teaching Practice 35.3 Evaluates methods of learning that foster children’s social-emotional development and provide continuity of care.

Participants register through Colorado Shines PDIS. Please see below. $520 fee is paid through University of Colorado Denver website. Please contact Alex Morgan,, with any questions.

Last Update 11/23/2020
Additional Information
This course has been recognized as aligned to The Colorado Competencies and meeting best practice standards for adult instruction through the Colorado Shines PDIS Training Alignment Process. The Rules Regulating Child Care Facilities, issued by the Division of Early Care and Learning, Colorado Department of Human Services, take precedence over any course content.

To view Child Care Licensing Rules:

For more information, contact your child care licensing specialist.

Please note, instructors will mark your attendance and course completion in the Colorado Shines PDIS within seven days of the course event date. Paper certificates might not be issued at this training. You may confirm your course completion, view, and print an online certificate through My Dashboard – My PDIS Transcript menu navigation of the Colorado Shines PDIS. Please do not upload a course certificate that is already linked to your Colorado Shines PDIS account as this may delay processing of professional credentials.
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