ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training courses and certificate provider, offers COG101: Critical Thinking Skills in the Preschool Environment as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of September.
Critical Thinking is the ability to use information and skills in a variety of ways in order to solve problems. The development of critical thinking skills is intended to build high-level skills involving analysis, evaluation, and creation. However, children need to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge beginning in early childhood. The Critical Thinking course focuses on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains and includes relevant classroom activities to administer these concepts. Understanding the role of open-ended questions, developmentally appropriate practices, and strategies for incorporating critical thinking into the classroom are also covered within this one-hour online course.
“Critical thinking is essential in order to perform complex functions such as analyzing data, evaluating children, or improving the quality of one’s own thoughts,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Early childhood is the essential time to initiate the teaching of critical thinking skills for best long-term results. The preschool years also tend to be before the challenges that technological devices, programs, and apps create by diminishing the desire and frequency of thinking critically.”
This beginner-level training is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in September. All CCEI training courses are available for enrollment at any time and grant IACET CEU credit upon successful completion. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses anytime through online enrollment.
For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.