Online Professional Development
In the digital age, we can order food from the comfort of our home and have it delivered. Or log on to Amazon and order anything we want and receive it in two days. So doesn’t it just make sense for professional development to come to us right through our tablet or laptop…in the comfort of our own homes? I recently discovered ChildCare Education Institute, and I was absolutely amazed by the this online professional development opportunity for teachers!
ChildCare Education Institute®, or CCEI, offers more than 150 online professional development courses in English and Spanish for early childhood professionals. EVERY single course is online! CCEI is nationally accredited and the courses they offer are relevant and interesting and span the range from beginner to advanced. Wondering if they’re legit? I did the research for you:
Online Professional Development Courses Offered by CCEI
I’m a voracious learner, so I’ve already started compiling a list of CCEI courses I’d like to complete. Here are 10 of the courses (out of over 200 options!) I’ve set a goal to complete over the next few months.
LIT 102- Building Literacy Through Nursery Rhymes and Children’s Poetry
CUR 122- Effective Class Meetings in Early Childhood
CUR 121 – Establishing Growth Mindset Practices in Early Learning Environments
CUR 115- Mathematical Talk and Play
CUR 118 – Outdoor STEAM Activities and Project Based Learning
CUR 123- Robotics in Early Childhood Education: Hands-On and Playful Approaches
CHD 103- The Child’s Digital Universe: Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood
CUR 101 – Tray Tasking – An Approach to Emerging Reading and Writing Skills
SOC 106 – The Value of Mindfulness in Early Childhood Settings
CCEI 760 – Rainbows and Rembrandts: Including Fine Art in Young Children’s Programs
Do you see what I mean when I say that you’ll be amazed by the variety of courses offered by CCEI? There’s something for everyone– preschool teachers, after school teachers, daycare directors, Head Start teachers, and more!
Click the picture below to view the CCEI Course Catalog. Then, you’ll be able to choose the courses that interest you.
CCEI is set up so that you can either buy an annual individual or center-based training subscription and take unlimited online professional development courses for the year or simply pay for the courses you are interested in.
The courses are easy to log into and navigate. Each course includes a helpful handout you can print out prior to taking the course. This is perfect for taking notes to prepare for the short quiz at the end of the course.
After successfully completing the quiz, you’ll earn a course completion certificate that you can submit to your center or administration.
The course includes slides with photographs and text that you simply click through. At any point, you can take a break to cook dinner or bathe the kids and come back to pick up right where you left off! You can even scroll back through any previous slides in the course to refresh your memory.
What Sets CCEI Apart
This is unlike traditional face-to-face PD in which you’re stuck for hours on end with all the information running together and no break in sight! I remember the last course I attended very vividly. I drove over an hour to get there. Then, I sat through 8 straight hours of training with only two bathroom breaks and a quick lunch break. The day felt like it would never end! I got home late and was absolutely exhausted when I walked through the door.
Professional development through CCEI is like a dream come true. Not only can I break my courses up into manageable chunks of time, take a break, and come back to them. But I can do them from the comfort of my home! Plus, the convenience of not having to drive somewhere and not getting stuck in traffic on the way home makes the online format even more refreshing!
I’m so pleased with CCEI, and I have no doubt that you’ll be pleased as well. Take a stroll around their website and see what you think. I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have. In the meantime, I’m headed to bed with my laptop and a cup of cocoa. (I’m not a coffee drinker 😉 ) I’ve got some learning to do!
To read more about my Professional Development experience with CCEI, check out this post.
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