Guidance and Behavior Management

The goal of Guidance and Behavior Management is to gain a comprehensive picture of guidance techniques at all levels in a developmentally appropriate framework. This course offers early educators the opportunity to learn how the environment contributes to positive behavior or can cause misbehavior. Early educators will evaluate daily schedules to illustrate the importance of developing rules, rituals or routines to promote positive behavior. They will gain skills in guidance and planning children's activities that promote communication techniques. Early educators will also learn a variety of transition techniques that deal appropriately with challenging behaviors while developing a team approach to use with staff and parents to aid and give mutual support.


Guidance and Behavior Management helps early educators:

  • Acquire the skills and knowledge needed to promote positive behavior
  • Create an environment that decreases problem behaviors
  • Identify effective skills and techniques for dealing with all children

Guidance and Behavior Management includes the following lessons:

  1.   Knowledge Base  3.5 hours
  2.   Indirect Guidance  3 hours
  3.   Direct Guidance  3 hours
  4.   Challenging Behaviors  3 hours
  5.   Resources  2.5 hours

Guidance and Behavior Management offers the following to all participants:

  • Up to 15 hours of professional development credit from the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) and the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE)
  • Available for anyone to enroll in FREE OF CHARGE
  • FREE course materials and access to in-depth content, including a participant manual and other resources
  • Up to 1.5 Continuing Education Units (CEU), upon request
  • Certificate of Completion and Verification of Training Hours, upon request
  • Opportunity to collaborate and build community engagement with other industry experts

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) approves all courses provided by Early Care and Education Projects for professional development credit. However, the awarding of professional development credit is based solely on the discretion of your local school district. Learn more by reviewing the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development (Feb 2016).

Visit the Arkansas Professional Development Registry (PDR) to find available courses or call (800) 632-8754.


Contact Jennifer Bowman to find out more.

Jennifer L. Bowman
Jennifer L. Bowman
(RSSV)-Research & Service Units
Training Advisor
Early Care & Education Projects