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Level 1 Certificate Program 

$745 CAD Full Program

★★★★★  See All 126 Reviews

One of the best ways to invest in our children’s future is to invest in our early childhood educators (ECEs). After all, Dr. Stuart Shanker says they have the most important job in the world!

Young children are already capable. Our role as adults is to create relationships and experiences that make room for children to safely explore. Within that safety, children can grow and expand what they’re capable of. We can understand children’s stress and learn to address it (and our own) to support self-regulation. Self-Reg is Dr. Stuart Shanker’s framework for enhancing self-regulation by understanding and dealing with stress.

The Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development Program is perfect for all educators and leaders who support kids in their earliest years! The certificate program is 100% online and includes three courses that explore child development from birth to age 10.

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About the Program

Photo of Stuart and Susan from the Early Childhood Development Program, with the quote "Self-Reg: There is not a child for whom we can't do this. The only thing in our way is if we assume that we can't do it." - Stuart Shanker

What will you learn? 

    • to look at early development through the lens of Self-Reg
    • to understand stress in a whole new way 
    • what it means to manage energy and tension
    • new ways to understand and respond to challenges in behaviour, temperament, learning, and much more!

How will you learn?

    • 100% online
    • 3 distinct courses
    • facilitated over 14 weeks
    • 12 modules total
    • 1 week break after each course
    • roughly 3-5 hours per week
    • no tests, quizzes, or exams

Who’s taking our courses? Hundreds of passionate learners from all over the world have already completed this Early Childhood Development program! The program is a perfect fit for all professionals and parents who care for and work with young children. This program is for: early childhood educators (ECEs), educational assistants, kindergarten teachers, teachers Grades 1-3, researchers, principals, speech and language pathologists, behaviour specialists, occupational therapists, psychologists, and more!



We run new cohorts of our Self-Reg in Early Childhood Development Certificate Program throughout the year.

Pick the start date that is best for you and your team. Check out all of our program start, specific module and end dates in our 2024 Course Calendar here.

Course 1. Self-Reg in the Early Years

    • Module 1: Moving Beyond Deterministic Thinking
    • Module 2:The Interbrain and Self-Reg
    • Module 3: The Interbrain in Early Childhood Education
    • Module 4: The Triune Brain and Self-Reg

Course 2. Self-Reg Reframe of Human Development

    • Module 5: Optimal Self-Regulation: Seeking Red Brain-Blue Brain Balance
    • Module 6: Reframing Temperament
    • Module 7: Reframing Attachment
    • Module 8: Reframing Personality

Course 3. The Immeasurable Impact of the Self-Reg ECE

    • Module 9: Unpacking Intelligence
    • Module 10: Reframing Intelligence
    • Module 11: Foundations Building
    • Module 12: The Self-Reg ECE

You can check out detailed module descriptors here.

    ECD Program Reviews

    4.9 out of 5 stars (based on 143 reviews)
    Very good5%


    May 20, 2024

    A interesting journey, On the importance of regulating both yourself as an educator and the children in your room. A reminder that each child needs to be looked at individually through caring eyes


    Amazing course

    May 20, 2024

    Worth the time, such an inspiring course to take for all educators


    This course will change your life!

    May 19, 2024

    This course was absolutely amazing and has helped me in both my personal and professional contexts. I would highly recommend this course to anyone who is beginning their self-reg journey and working with children. It will affirm and reframe what you do and how you do it.



    May 18, 2024

    Amazing course. Very worthwhile completing this course no matter whether you are an educator (ECE or older) or a parent. Has amazing strategies and insight into the how and why of understanding behaviour.


    Review of ECD Self-Reg Certificate

    May 16, 2024

    Well, this course has really taken me on a journey of learning and diving deeper into the topic of Self-Reg. I know it says for Early Childhood Educators but the deepest impact it has had for me is on myself – which in turn helps me in my work – not just with children but also with parents/families and team members.

    This course should be mandatory for anyone working/living with Children – I have loved the depth of content and experience shared throughout the course.

    Highly recommend!!


    Still not sure?

    See what our learners have to say here or email us at if you have any questions

    Group Pricing: 10% off is always available for groups of 6 or more learners, simply use the discount code GROUPDISCOUNT at checkout or email for invoicing.

    Equity Pricing: We know that pricing can be a barrier, that’s why we offer a number of equity priced spots for those paying out of pocket with each cohort we offer. Learn more and join the waitlist here.

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