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Teaching from the Inside Out: Being a Resilient Educator (ECFS 311)

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Course Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: 11 weeks
  • Times: Flexible
  • Cost : $1,062

About this Course


Teaching young children is one of the most rewarding professions but it can also be one of the most stressful. Many early childhood providers lose sight of their love for the profession because they struggle to manage their stress. Research shows that individuals who develop and use resilience skills (such as optimistic thinking, relaxation strategies, choosing one's attention and practicing gratitude) and other positive strategies and routines (such as good sleep, scheduling in fun and doing what matters most) are more likely to be effective in their jobs, have strong relationships, be physically and mentally healthy, and be satisfied with their lives overall.

In this course, you'll learn how to be a resilient educator. You'll gain the ability to positively adapt in the face of adverse or challenging circumstances and learn the positive skills, strategies and routines that will enable you to live a happy, fulfilling and successful life. Together, we'll explore the notion of "teaching from the inside out"—a phrase that highlights the importance of promoting core resilience skills, strategies and routines among early childhood educators. 

Designed For

Students pursuing careers in early childhood care and education who wish to learn how to be resilient educators.

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What You’ll Learn

  • The concept and importance of "teaching from the inside out"
  • The benefits of resilience and how these skills can optimize your social and emotional well-being and enable you to become a more effective educator
  • The knowledge, skills, routines and daily habits used by resilient educators
  • A variety of resilience skills for different aspects of your life, including mindfulness, managing intense emotions, clarifying and committing to your personal values, and identifying and altering unhelpful thoughts
  • How to develop a resilience plan that serves as a roadmap for your future work in teaching young children

Learning Format

Online, Group-Paced

Start and finish your course with the same group of students, with frequent opportunities to interact with your instructors and classmates along the way. This course is 100 percent online, with set due dates for assignments but no class meetings. Learn More »

Course Sessions

Online, Group-Paced

This course is offered 100 percent online and runs from September 30, 2020, to December 18, 2020.

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Meet your instructor

Gail Joseph

Director of Early Childhood & Family Studies and Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, University of Washington College of Education

Credit Course

You’ll earn 3 academic credits for successfully completing this course. Learn more about credit courses

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