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Aim4Excellence: National Director Credential - Supporting Children’s Development and Learning (Module 7) (TAP)

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In this module, you will discover all ways you provide leadership to advance children’s development and learning, including the processes needed to strengthen professional competencies for teaching and caregiving.

*This course is recognized through Colorado Shines PDIS TAP as supporting the Colorado Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators and best practice for adult learning. TAP recognition does not indicate that course will be accepted by college systems nor does it provide eligibility to be director qualified in Colorado.

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Course Delivery Method
Online self-paced with feedback provided for submitted knowledge checks. Please see information below on how to register. Please follow registration instructions provided by sponsor if participating in a cohort.

Target Audience
Directors, Administrators, and Family Child Care Providers

Interest in learning about the Whole Leadership Framework for administering an early childhood program.

$175.00 per module ($1,575 for all nine modules)
Upon completion, learner will be able to:

  • Explain pedagogical leadership and its relationship to your program’s goals.
  • Identify elements of high-quality early childhood teaching.
  • Describe the integration of child development with learning.
  • Evaluate the elements of observation, documentation, screening, and assessment.
  • Implement social-emotional learning and understanding its impacts.
  • Provide oversight, feedback, and training to strengthen teacher competencies.
This training aligns to Colorado's Competencies for Early Childhood Educators and Administrators.

Child Growth, Development, and Learning 4.2 Utilizes knowledge of the current research and pedagogy (e.g., early brain development, continuity of care) to implement strategies that support environments, interactions, relationship-building, and experiences which foster positive brain development and emotional competence.
Child Observation and Assessment 3.3 Plans, evaluates, implements, and analyzes methods for child observation and assessment systems that include family input and other early learning professionals in order to plan for responsive experiences and activities.
Teaching Practice 2.4 Provides guidance, support, and professional development on strategies to organize the classroom environments and management strategies to promote child growth, development, and learning.
Teaching Practice 42.1 Identifies the connection between the appropriate learning standards/guidelines and typical child growth and development.
Teaching Practice 32.2 Plans and monitors learning opportunities and provides materials to help children understand, acquire, and use verbal and nonverbal means of communicating and responding to thoughts and feelings in an adaptive way.

This training is available through McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership. Please visit McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership to register and make payment. Participants may register for one module at a time or all nine modules at once. Participants should not upload certificate into PDIS as McCormick Center for Early Childhood Leadership will forward module completion information to PDIS. Completion information will appear in participant's PDIS account within one month of completion. Please follow registration instructions provided by sponsor if participating in a cohort.

Last update 3/22/2021

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 one month of the module completion 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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