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Course Description

Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments for Young Children is a non-credit certificate program for professionals and volunteers. Interested learners will gain the skills and understanding required to create, manage, promote, organize, and administer high-quality Outdoor Learning Environments for young children (i.e., the early childhood years zero to seven) and accompanying adults.  This certificate program consists of 8 modules to be completed. See specific content information below in sections "Expected Outcomes" and "Attend and You Will Learn."

Why You Should Attend

The goal of the Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments for Young Children Certificate Program is to transfer knowledge about participatory design processes and tools to improve childcare outdoor learning environments with the objective of supporting healthy, active lifestyles, and learning through nature for young children.

The distance education certificate is delivered online, with an optional face-to-face education session (mainly for North Carolina participants).

The McKimmon Center for Extension and Continuing Education, Office of Professional Development and NC State University offer the certificate as a non-credit education opportunity. The certificate is awarded by NC State University.

Who Should Attend

The target audience is early childhood educators practicing in childcare centers; however, others may be interested, such as landscape design/build, horticultural, and park and recreation professionals, college instructors, Cooperative Extension agents, and volunteers with an interest in advancing outdoor quality for young children.

Attend and You Will Receive

  • A Certificate of Participation
  • 2.4 CEUs

Attend and You Will Learn / Expected Outcome

Expected Outcomes

  • You will be able to describe how outdoor environments can be designed to encourage children 0-7 years old attending childcare/child development centers and other outdoor settings, to be active, practice motor development skills, participate in outdoor play, learn fruit and vegetable gardening, engage in healthy eating and use natural materials, objects, and settings to support play and learning processes.
  • You will be able to explain how improving the Outdoor Learning Environment quality can positively impact physical activity and healthy eating in young children.
  • You will be able to apply methods of creating and managing high quality environments to support outdoor experiential learning.
  • You will be able to recognize outdoor learning environments (OLEs) as spaces where children's developmental capacity can be extended and enhanced.
  • You will be able to demonstrate Outdoor Learning Environment quality improvement as a health intervention and system change strategy.
 

Attend And You Will Learn

  • Module 1: Environment and Behavior Approach
  • Module 2: Design Awareness for Early Childhood
  • Module 3: Preventing Obesity by Design (POD) Overview
  • Module 4: Best Practice Indicators - Part 1
  • Module 5: Best Practice Indicators - Part 2
  • Module 6: Project Implementation
  • Module 7: Project Site Management
  • Module 8: Capstone Project

Notes / Additional Information

Program Resources

  • Movies/videos
  • Virtual tours
  • Videos

How to Register

  1. Click the registration link and use the "Add to Cart" button to register for the certificate course.

  2. Once you register, you will receive an email from "reporter_registration@ncsu.edu". Please review the information to ensure accuracy.

  3. This is an online self-paced training with content hosted in Moodle. To access this course please follow these steps:

  4. Log in using your ID at go.ncsu.edu/reporter

  5. Once logged in, find the title of the course under Upcoming Courses

  6. Click the blue Access Online Content button to launch the course

  7. There are quizzes after each module and a Capstone Project that needs to be completed as part of the course

    If you have questions regarding modules, the Capstone Project or curriculum issues, please contact the instructors through Moodle
    If you have registration questions or issues, please contact the Program Assistant, Debbie Crawford at djcrawfo@ncsu.edu or at 919.513.2161

Drop/Withdrawal Policy

To drop the course and receive a refund, send a notification by email to both Laura Lloyd (ljlloyd@ncsu.edu) and Debbie Crawford (djcrawfo@ncsu.edu) no later than the drop deadline stated in the confirmation email.

After the drop deadline, if unable to complete the required coursework, participants may withdraw at any time with no refund. To receive the certificate, participants are welcome to re-enroll in a future session paying the corresponding registration fee and completing all required coursework again.

Registering online or by fax is secure.

 

 

How to Register

  1. Click the registration link and use the "Add to Cart" button to register for the certificate course.

  2. Complete the registration process and checkout. Payment is due at the time of the registration into the course.

  3. Once you register, you will receive an email from "reporter_registration@ncsu.edu". Please review the information to ensure accuracy.

  4. This is an online self-paced training with content hosted in Moodle. To access this course please follow these steps:

  5. Log in using your ID at go.ncsu.edu/reporter

  6. Once logged in, find the title of the course under Upcoming Courses

  7. Click the blue Access Online Content button to launch the course

  8. There are quizzes after each module and a Capstone Project that needs to be completed as part of the course

    If you have questions regarding modules, the Capstone Project or curriculum issues, please contact the instructors through Moodle
    If you have registration questions or issues, please contact the Program Assistant, Debbie Crawford at djcrawfo@ncsu.edu or at 919.513.2161

Drop/Withdrawal Policy

To drop the course and receive a refund, send a notification by email to both Laura Lloyd (ljlloyd@ncsu.edu) and Debbie Crawford (djcrawfo@ncsu.edu) no later than the drop deadline stated in the confirmation email.

After the drop deadline, if unable to complete the required coursework, participants may withdraw at any time with no refund. To receive the certificate, participants are welcome to re-enroll in a future session paying the corresponding registration fee and completing all required coursework again.

Registering online or by fax is secure.

 

 

 

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Section Title
Early Childhood Outdoor Learning Environments
Type
Online
Dates
Jun 15, 2020 to Sep 08, 2020
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
All other Residence Fee non-credit $450.00
North Carolina Resident Fee non-credit $100.00
Section Notes

This certificate program's goal is to transfer knowledge about participatory design processes and tools to improve childcare outdoor learning environments and other outdoor places where young children and families spend time, with the objective of supporting healthy, active lifestyles, and learning in and through nature for young children. This certificate consists of 12 weeks online.

Note: Once you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to access your course.


Drop/Withdrawal Policy
To drop the course and receive a refund, send a notification by email to both Laura Lloyd (ljlloyd@ncsu.edu) and Debbie Crawford (djcrawfo@ncsu.edu) no later than  5 p.m. (Eastern Time) 10 (ten) business days before the start date of the course.

After the drop deadline, if you are unable to complete the required coursework, you may withdraw at any time with no refund. To receive the certificate, you are welcome to re-enroll in a future session paying the corresponding regitration fee and completing all required coursework again.