Professional Development

Elevate your career with OEC’s professional development resources

Investing in your professional growth as an early childhood educator will benefit both you and the children you serve.

Our professional development opportunities are:

  • Low-cost or free (in most cases)
  • Available in different formats to meet your needs — we can connect you with in-person, online, hybrid, and pre-recorded learning opportunities

Find the type of professional learning you need

Watch a quick video

We know you’re busy! But you can broaden your horizons and learn new skills with our collection of short videos about implementing early learning and development standards in the classroom. Many are under 15 minutes! Check out our videos.

View by topic

Need health and safety certification? Guidance building your business? Explore our professional development topics.

Check out our calendar

Need to fit in a learning opportunity soon? Sign up using our professional development calendar. If you haven’t registered yet, follow these simple instructions.

Explore in-depth professional development resources

Find hundreds of trainings in the Registry

OEC’s Early Childhood Registry houses our free online trainings — from beginner to advanced in both English and Spanish. Learn about topics ranging from child development to running a program. Log in to the Registry and get started! Or, access these instructions on how to find trainings in the Registry.

Check out learning opportunities from ECLKC

The Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC) is a go-to hub for early childhood educators, offering a wealth of practical, research-based resources for enhancing teaching skills. Review ECLKC’s professional development resources.

Looking for college credits?

OEC Scholarships can help you obtain and maintain your CDA. They can also help pay for an Associate or Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education and specific stand-alone courses. Discover the opportunities and start your journey.
Scholarship guidance at a glance (English)
(Spanish)

Why professional development matters

Build your skills and knowledge
Build your skills and knowledge
Discover new ways to teach children and provide them with an engaging learning environment.
Get a competitive edge
Get a competitive edge
Professional development can help you stand out when you’re looking for a promotion or new job.
Earn credentials
Earn credentials
Meet qualifications to comply with regulations or open up new opportunities.

Last updated February 23, 2024