Behavior Courses for Educators

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Ready to empower your teachers to create the best learning environment for their students?

Give your teachers the skills to spend less time managing behaviors and more time nurturing a well-rounded learning experience.

All courses are approved for continuing education credit in:
MN: Develop/MNCPD
IL: Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Registry

We offer self-paced continuing education courses for $30 per course/ per person

You will be emailed materials upon payment: Course recording, handouts, and pre and post assessments. Credit in Develop/Gateways is included in the price and entered upon completion of requirements. CLICK to learn more!

We offer GROUP self-paced continuing education courses for $300 per course

Each course includes: access to one (1) pre-recorded self-paced course with continuing education credit entered in state registry for up to 50 School employees. CLICK to learn more!

For information on live virtual or in-person courses, please contact info@behaveyourbest.com

The foundational teaching to help you reinforce positive behaviors and decrease unwanted behaviors.

Children aren’t born with the skills needed to successfully interact with the world. As a result, it’s only natural that they will display unwanted behaviors as they try to figure it out. But what if instead of helping we are actually making those behaviors worse?

  • Learn the optimal timing for teaching behavior skills
  • Stop unintentional behavior reinforcement
  • Prevent re-occurrences of unwanted behaviors

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

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Talking doesn’t teach behavior! 

Learn how to capitalize on the power of your behavior to de-escalate unwanted behaviors while still teaching behavior regulation. Use silent positive guidance strategies to teach behavior regulation and other skills designed to prevent a child’s challenging behaviors. 

  • Teach behavior using silent teaching strategies.
  • Address and de-escalate challenging behaviors using silent positive guidance strategies.
  • Monitor the environment to anticipate and de-escalate potential misbehavior.

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


You can prevent unwanted behaviors!

Consequence-based approaches rarely resolve unwanted behavior in early childhood. Our changing world, as well as other factors, provides less opportunities for children to be naturally taught the necessary social-emotional skills for success. Children ages 18 months to 5 years need to be taught the skills for successful social interactions and the habit creation to use them.

  • Understand common reasons for unwanted behaviors in the group setting.
  • Learn how to teach pivotal social skills to children aged 18 months to 5 years old in the group setting.

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Feeling “burnt-out”? Decrease burnout by learning how to respect your own “light switch” while supporting children! 

Increase awareness of the stressors that occur in the classroom and their impact on your ability to show up as your best self to teach. Create a learning environment that is predictable and responsive. 

  • Promote awareness and the ability to respect your own “switch” while promoting social and emotional develop in the children you serve.
  • Develop strategies to help get your own “switch” back on during stressful times.

Level 3 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: VI: Professionalism & CDA Content Area VI: Maintaining a commitment to professionalism

Purchase as a self-paced course


Children need to learn to make appropriate choices as the foundation for behavior regulation. 

The ability to make choices when presented is a child’s first step in behavior and emotional regulation. Help children learn to use positive social skills and make appropriate choices.

  • Learn how to break down the skill of making a choice into teachable baby steps for infants to school-aged children.
  • Identify natural teaching moments during routine interactions with children in the group setting.

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Speak in ways that increase the likelihood of positive parental response.

Parents don’t always seem to hear or accept our feedback on their child’s behavior. Learn how to use Behave Your Best’s foundational “Light Switch” tool to speak so parents can hear and respond to your concerns.

  • Learn how to talk to parents so they can hear what you are saying
  • Discover the steps to effectively work with the parent
  • Role play ways to successfully handle parent responses

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: III.A.2 Relationships with Families & CDA Content Area IV: Strategies to establish productive relationships with families

Purchase as a self-paced course


Did you know that many unwanted behaviors are actually signs of underlying avoidance?

Sometimes behavior problems are actually early signs of avoidant behavior. As behavior analysts, our team is part of one of the few professions trained to assess and treat avoidant behavior…and you might just be surprised at how subtle those early signs are!

  • Learn how children use unwanted behavior to delay, avoid, control or get out of activities
  • Identify early signs of and record examples of avoidant behavior
  • Describe to others on the assessment team a child’s performance on tasks and activities so you can make a game plan

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development & CDA Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior

Purchase as a self-paced course


Children need to be taught self-control skills in order to reduce impulsivity.

Learn how to anticipate and avoid challenging behaviors using positive guidance strategies. Recognize natural opportunities to teach children to wait and accept “no” for an answer. 

  • Learn skills to teach children to promote self-control.
  • Recognize natural opportunities to teach children self-control.

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Children need to be taught independent skills to ensure the classroom runs smoothly and predictably.

Learning to play independently, get dressed by oneself, and generally stay on-task at meal time, circle time, while washing hands, etc. throughout the day are important skills to teach children to ensure the classroom runs smoothly and predictably. 

  • Facilitate a child’s increasing sense of autonomy and independence by consistently providing a secure base from which to explore.
  • Learn how to use your attention to provide a learning environment that is predictable and responsive while teaching independence.

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Transitioning between activities is a pivotal social skill that ensures a classroom runs smoothly.

Transitions consist of multiple skills that children need to learn before they can successfully transitions in the group setting. Learn how to break down the task of transitioning into teachable components.  

  • Learn and teach social skills that are prerequisites to successfully transitioning between activities in the group setting.
  • Recognize routine activities, choices, and transitions as teachable moments. 

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Learn strategies to assist children in following simple rules, routines, and directions. 

Following instructions the first time they are given is a foundational skill for all children. Children of all ages can be taught to follow directions in the group setting. 

  • Implement proactive supports to teach children to follow directions the first time they are given.
  • Recognize age-appropriate expectations for following directions.

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


Discover skills to teach infants before they develop unwanted patterns of behavior into toddler-hood.

When infants and pre-toddles don’t have the skills to communicate their wants and needs, they may resort to hitting, biting, crying, throwing, grabbing, etc. Teaching infants early social skills will help prevent unwanted patterns of behaviors from developing. 

  • Teach children to use gestures to express feelings, needs, and desires to replace and prevent unwanted behaviors.
  • Understand the importance of infants developing independence in play and sleep.

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; applies towards: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours) & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development (2 Hours)

Purchase as a self-paced course


You need a teaching plan to eliminate avoidant behaviors in children!

Reflect on and use observations of children’s unwanted avoidant behavior to plan intentional teaching opportunities to teach newly developing skills. Learn the pivotal skills to teach children to reduce avoidant behaviors. Communicate plans to teach new skills to family members based on assessment results.

  • Create a hierarchy of skills to teach to replace avoidant behaviors in children
  • Respond quickly to support and teach newly developing skills
  • Plan meaningful activities that promote growth and development

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to Plan & CDA Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior

Purchase as a self-paced course


Children learn new skills more quickly when taught in the group setting AND at home!

Early childhood educators are a key factor in teaching and communicating missing social and emotional skills to parents. Communication with families or caregivers can be tricky!

  • Recognize the missing skills children need to be taught at school and at home. 
  • Develop a plan to communicate the missing skills to families and follow up.
  • Troubleshoot difficult communication situations
  • Model skills for families to work on at home and follow up with families

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: IV.B: Assessing and Using Information to Plan & Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior

Purchase as a self-paced course


Skills you may think are learned naturally, actually need to be taught to young children! 

After children learn basic social skills, there are many additional social skills that children need to be taught to be successful in group settings and school. We will outline our method for intentionally teaching social emotional skills such as turn taking, sharing, addressing tattling, and more!

  • Learn how to intentionally and proactively teach advanced social emotional skills
  • Identify missing social-emotional skills that children need to be taught to prevent and replace unwanted behaviors in the group setting

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development

Purchase as a self-paced course


What to do with those confusing behaviors that seem to come from nowhere.

Children are efficient with their behavior in early childhood; they rarely engage in unwanted behaviors for no reason. If you want to overcome the unwanted behavior, you’ll need to discover the root reason.

  • Review the basics of functional behavior assessment
  • Learn how to use our tool to discover root causes to behavior problems

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; earns 2 hours applied to each listed area: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: IV.A: Observing, Recording and Assessing Development & CDA Content Area VII: Observing and recording children’s behavior

Purchase as a self-paced course


Develop proactive routines to welcome new children into your care.

Anticipate and prevent challenging behaviors using positive guidance strategies during routines. Improve cooperation with routines and expectations in the group setting. Replace unwanted behavior during routines by teaching new skills. 

  • Describe how and when to teach routines to incoming children 
  • Provide a learning environment that is predictable and responsive.
  • Plan schedules and routines based on realistic expectations

Level 2 course in MNCPD/Develop; applies towards: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours) & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development (2 Hours)

Purchase as a self-paced course


The ability to evaluate and continuously improve your behavior guidance strategies is an important skill for today’s early childhood providers.

Tools that may have worked in the past, or with one child or classroom, may no longer be effective in today’s classrooms. 

  • Avoid challenging behaviors by using positive guidance strategies. 
  • Evaluate your teaching tools and gain new behavior guidance strategies for your changing classroom.
  • Review past classroom situations that didn’t go well. Use the strategies provided to develop a plan to use the next time a similar situation occurs.

Level 3 course in MNCPD/Develop; applies towards: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours) & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’s social and emotional development (2 Hours)

Purchase as a self-paced course


Prevent chaos at nap time by creating positive routines that will promote sleep. 

Creating successful nap routines consists of of multiple skills that children need to learn before they can successfully nap in the group setting.  Challenging behaviors that present at nap time will be discussed. 

  • Learn and understand the skills that children need in order to be successful napping in the group setting.
  • Understand the importance of infants developing independence in play and sleep.
  • Develop plans to prevent challenging pre-nap behavior. 

Level 1 course in MNCPD/Develop; applies towards: Knowledge and Competency Framework Area: II.C: Promoting Social and Emotional Development (2 Hours) & CDA Content Area III: Positive ways to support children’ social and emotional development (2 Hours)

Purchase as a self-paced course


View prerequisites for all courses here!

For information on virtual or in-person courses, please contact info@behaveyourbest.com

Behave Your Best Consultants are Content Experts through the Minnesota Center for Professional Development (MNCPD/Develop) and Illinois Gateways to Opportunities.

Course content created and written by:
Jamie Waldvogel, MS, BCBA
Shanna Nseumen, BS, BCaBA
Alicia Janni, BS, BCaBA


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