Education

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Living in San Diego: Enhance Your Life with an Educational Certificate

If you are living in San Diego and also want to teach here, you’re in luck. With more than 730 schools in the county alone, there is no doubt there is a growing need for teachers and other educational professionals in the greater San Diego region. Careers in education are often considered some of the …

How to Become a Certified Teacher: National and State Board Certifications

Certified public accountant. Licensed registered nurse. Bar-certified attorney. Many industries and occupations rely on third-party organizations to set professional standards, and teaching is no different. In the United States,  teaching credentials are issued at the state level and are usually required to teach in public schools. There’s also an opportunity to become a nationally certified …

How To Become a Certified Autism Specialist

Over the last two decades, Autism Spectrum Disorder, or ASD, has become a more frequent diagnosis among children in the United States and it’s a diagnosis that crosses racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic divides. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one in 59 children is diagnosed with ASD compared with one in 150 …

Why Is Early Childhood Education Important?

Early childhood education is a term that refers to the period of time from a child’s birth to when they enter kindergarten, according to Dr. Jessica Alvarado, academic program director for the BA in Early Childhood Development at National University. According to  Alvarado, it is an important time in children’s lives because it is when …

What Can I Do With a Behavioral Analysis Degree?

If you’re drawn to a helping profession, one area you may have imagined yourself working is one-on-one with children or adults who are experiencing a mental health challenge. In broad terms, counseling is one field that allows you to do that. Behavior analysis falls into this area. This rapidly growing field focuses on human behavior: …

Checklist: How Do I Go Back to School?

It’s funny how the mind works. You might be in the middle of your workday, maybe at a job where you expected to be promoted by now, and suddenly you start thinking about your future. Maybe you’ve been shuffling kids between school and soccer practice and in the back of your mind, you start thinking …

What is Applied Behavior Analysis?

Psychology is a term that most people understand and could probably define. But ask someone, “What is applied behavior analysis?” and you may get some confused responses. Applied behavior analysis is a specialty within the branch of psychology known as behaviorism. The scientists who developed behaviorism in the early 20th century believed that the best …

Ask an Expert: What Is the Importance of Family Involvement in Early Childhood Education?

When you have a difficult question, it’s always best to turn to a subject matter expert for answers. In our blog series, Ask An Expert, National University faculty take turns answering challenging questions in their areas of expertise. In this post, we put the focus on family involvement in early childhood education. We asked Professor …

What is Early Childhood Education?

Learning does not start at kindergarten. From birth, children are exploring, experiencing, and learning from the world around them in a variety of way. The process of shaping this time of rapid development in a formal setting is known as early childhood education.

How to Get Your Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education Online

In the early period from birth to eight years of age, children are making important strides in their cognitive, social, and emotional development. These critical years play an important role in creating a strong foundation in learning that will help them achieve success over the course of their lifetime.