Online Early Childhood Education

About the Program

Affordable Education Options
This program is designed to provide a low cost starting point to education options for a multitude of professionals that work with children. Participants will develop knowledge of contemporary early childhood development, infant and early childhood mental health, the social and cultural context of child development, as well as effective interventions for working with young children and families.

Who will benefit from this program?
This program is an essential series for anyone working in early childhood today and is especially attractive for individuals interested in earning credit for the Registry, or for earning credit towards a college degree.

Entirely Online
The modules are offered entirely online and can be completed at your own pace. This gives you the freedom to learn on your time.

Noncredit or Credit
The modules are designed to provide flexibility to meet your specific needs. If you need academic credit, you have the option to receive credit for prior learning once you complete your modules. Don't need credit? Take any of the modules at a low cost noncredit rate.

Credit for Prior Learning
Credit for prior learning gives you the option to receive academic credit for a minimal fee once you complete the modules. In addition, if you decide to pursue your education further you can apply the credits you earn towards a degree at the University of Wisconsin-Superior.

Renewal of Licensure
The modules may be taken for renewal of licensure in a variety of disciplines. A certificate is granted at the end of each module with the credit hours awarded for the module. Each module is worth 15 clock hours/contact hours. Please review your particular state licensing requirement for full details.


Emotional Development of the Young Child
This module covers typical and atypical socio-emotional development of infants and young children ranging from birth to eight years of age.

Understanding Early Childhood Mental Health
This module provides an overview of infant and early childhood mental health, ages birth through eight years. The curriculum will help practitioners accurately assess mental health problems from biological, psychological and cultural perspectives.

Evidence Based Interventions with Young Children
This module provides an overview of evidence based interventions for infants and young children experiencing developmental challenges. Emphasis is given to socio-emotional development using a biopsychosocial model.

It is recommended that you enroll in Emotional Development of the Young Child before enrolling in the other modules.


Modules are taken through our campus learning management system, Learn@UW-Superior. Students will receive an account that will give them access to the modules that they enroll in. All lectures, content, and quizzes are administered through Learn@UW-Superior.

The modules are designed so that students will pass quizzes to move on to the next module. Students that pass the quizzes automatically meet the requirements for course credit. It is up to each student to indicate his/her interest in receiving credit for prior learning.


Dr. James GeidnerDr. James Geidner is an expert in early childhood development. He has worked for nearly 30 years as an early childhood teacher, administrator, researcher, and is currently an Associate Professor at University of Wisconsin-Superior. His primary research interest focuses on the emotional and relational development of infants and young children and rural infant mental health. Dr. Geidner is currently the Director of the Child Development Project, an early childhood research clinic dedicated to developing new interventions for infants and young children with mental illness.

Simple Pricing




Any Individual Module
No Academic Credit

All Three Modules
No Academic Credit

All Three Modules
Three Undergraduate Credits

How to Register

Ways to Register for Modules

University of Wisconsin-Superior
Center for Continuing Education
Attn: Dana Luzaich
Belknap & Catlin, PO Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880

Applying for Credit for Prior Learning

  1. Complete all three modules.
  2. Contact the Center for Continuing Education at (715) 394-8469 to indicate that you wish to receive credit for the modules.