Program Description: The Online Positive Guidance Certificate program provides a comprehensive overview of recommended guidance strategies for the early childhood environment. Participants will focus on communication and reinforcement strategies that promote autonomy, good decision making, self-confidence, and self-esteem.

Program Objectives: Upon satisfactorily completing the Online Positive Guidance Certificate program, students should be able to:

  • Define positive guidance and/or positive discipline
  • Identify appropriate guidance practices for children at all stages of early childhood
  • Identify strategies for encouraging children to make appropriate choices
  • Identify strategies for setting limits while promoting autonomy and exploration
  • Identify techniques for mitigating or discouraging inappropriate and unacceptable behaviors
  • Evaluate the guidance practices of a teacher or caregiver in the early childhood environment
  • Demonstrate understanding of the goals and principles of positive guidance
  • Demonstrate ability to implement positive guidance practices