EarlyEdU Alliance® Courses

The EarlyEdU Alliance®'s competency-based courses in early childhood education combine theory and the latest research with students’ field-based learning. Alliance faculty have the opportunity to contribute to enhancing existing courses and adding new ones.

In-person versions, with media-rich PowerPoints for classroom use, are available for all courses. Some have also been developed for asynchronous online delivery. Most courses consist of 15 sessions, which can be adapted for semesters, quarters, or other term lengths.

All courses contain:

  • A complete syllabus, including learning objectives, a schedule of sessions and topics, and recommended readings
  • Videos of experts in the field discussing their research
  • Videos of effective teaching practices
  • Competency-based assignments
  • Community of Reflection and Practice (CORP) assignments for students to reflect on their own practices and observe and provide feedback on their peers’ work

Online courses also have:

  • Video lectures
  • Interactive knowledge checks
  • Quizzes with built-in grading features

The Coaching Companion, our video sharing and coaching feedback app, is integrated into our courses. With the Coaching Companion, students and their instructors share and discuss videos of the students’ own interactions in early childhood settings. The Coaching Companion’s interactivity turns traditional courses into engaging and proactive learning experiences. Students put what they learn in the college classroom into practice in real-world settings.

EarlyEdU Alliance® course materials, together with the Coaching Companion, enable faculty to focus their time on observing student performance and giving quality feedback. Our courses and the Coaching Companion have been piloted in over 30 colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Competencies and Standards

EarlyEdU Alliance® courses are built around a set of course objectives. The objectives are mapped onto the NAEYC Professional Standards and Elements for each course. Our course alignments also contain an example of how the objectives align with one state’s (Washington’s) competencies. Substitute your state’s competencies and standards to see how EarlyEdU Alliance® courses give your students the professional skills they need.

Course Information

For an overview of the structure, design, and components of all EarlyEdU courses, see the course sampler. Some courses have also been developed for online asynchronous delivery. For information on specific courses, click on a course name below.