This online curriculum will introduce you to early science concepts and processes such as earth, water and air; force and motion; weather and seasons; and growth and change. You’ll also learn how to engage young children in scientific activities such as observing, making predictions and drawing conclusions. 

Every lesson includes tips on setting up a science-enriched environment, as well as animations, interviews with science experts, videos of children and teachers in classroom settings and links to the Early Science Matters website.

Please start with the Introduction Course, then proceed in any order you choose. We recommend you take the Curiosity and Wonder course second.
Course Image Early Science Matters Course 1: Introduction

The Early Science Matters professional development program is a series of nine courses focusing on early science content and application in settings that provide care and education for young children.  The Introduction will provide you with information regarding the importance early science skills and knowledge for young children, an overview of the major content areas in early science and an orientation to the Early Science Matters Professional Development series, as well as a tour of the many resources available on the Early Science Matters site

This training provides 1 contact hour of Gateways Registry-Approved training and 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU).

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: CPD (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 2 (1 hour)
Course Image Early Science Matters Course 2: Curiosity and Wonder

Curiosity and Wonder is the second course in a nine-part series designed to support science competencies in teachers of young children.  Please make sure to take the Introduction course before taking this 2nd course in the series. Curiosity and wonder is central to young children’s science explorations and learning. In this course we will examine what curiosity and wonder are and how they can support children in all areas of early science.

This training provides 1 contact hour of Gateways Registry-Approved training and 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU).

Please make sure to take the following Early Science Matters Professional Development Program course before you take this course:

Course 1: Introduction

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: CPD (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 2 (1 hour)
Course Image Early Science Matters Course 3: Engineering

Engineering is the third course in a nine-part series designed to support science competencies in teachers of young children.  Please make sure to take the Introduction course before taking this 3rd course in the series. Engineering supports children’s development of problem-solving skills while rooted in scientific understandings of how things in the world work, and how children can plan, design, and create as an engineer. Science and engineering processes are explored within the engineering design process to support children’s active explorations.

This training provides 1 contact hour of Gateways Registry-Approved training and 1 Continuing Professional Development Unit (CPDU).

Please make sure to take the following Early Science Matters Professional Development Program course before you take this course:

Course 1: Introduction

Contact Hours: 1 hour     Gateways Content Areas: CPD (1 hour)     CDA Content Areas: 2 (1 hour)