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Course Report

150+ Online Classes Can Help You Become A Better Parent

Courses on subjects ranging from nutrition during pregnancy to teaching your child to read to health care and first aid.

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You probably know that there are plenty of online classes to teach you data analysis or computer programming, but did you know that there are also many online classes that can teach you to be a better parent? At Class Central, we scoured the catalog to find courses on subjects ranging from nutrition during pregnancy to teaching your child to read to health care and first aid. As with so many other topics, it turns out that if there’s a parenting topic that interests you, it’s likely that there’s a course for it. Here are all the parenting courses Class Central was able to uncover.

While some of these courses are primarily designed for teachers or health professionals, parents may also be interested.

Have you taken one of these courses? Be sure to leave a review that can help other parents and parents-to-be decide which courses to take.


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General Parenting

Exploring Play: The Importance of Play in Everyday Life
The University of Sheffield via FutureLearn
Understanding the nature and value of play through the course of our lives, across cultures and communities.
★★★★★ (132 ratings)

Everyday Parenting: The ABCs of Child Rearing
Yale University via Coursera
Everyday Parenting gives you access to a toolkit of behavior-change techniques that will make your typical day in the home easier as you develop the behaviors you would like to see in your child.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Positive Behavior Support for Young Children
University of Washington via edX
Learn the evidence-based models to promote social-emotional development for young children.
★★★★☆ (5 ratings)

The Science of Parenting
University of California, San Diego via edX
Move beyond the chatter and opinion surrounding parenting and learn about the scientific findings and data that can help you make sensible, informed parenting decisions.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Capturing Authentic Children Portraits
via CreativeLive
Capturing Authentic Children Portraits with Tamara Lackey

Capturing Authentic Photos of Children & Families
via CreativeLive
Capturing Authentic Photos of Children & Families with Chris Orwig

Children and Family Photography
via CreativeLive
Children and Family Photography with Tamara Lackey

Neuroscience for parents: How to raise amazing kids
via Udemy
Parenting to help your children develop a healthy brain, self esteem and trust. nurture their talents and bond with them

Parenting Skills to Raise Responsible, Mature Children
via Udemy
Positive Parenting Course–Learn Parenting Skills and Strategies to Create a Loving and Nurturing Home.

Kids Photography: Newborns
via LinkedIn Learning
Get started in kids photography. Learn techniques for capturing beautiful, expressive portraits of brand-new babies with these newborn photography tips.

The top 20 questions and answers to become a better parent
via Udemy
Emotionally intelligent solutions to your everyday parenting questions – the resource for successful parenting.

Children and Climate Change
United Nations via Independent
This course presents how children and youth can be impacted by climate change, how their resilience to climate change can be strengthened, and how they can act on climate change.

Parenting By Teaching Business And Entrepreneurship For Kids
via Udemy
Teach business to your children or teenagers. Parenting course to help kids gain career and life skills while bonding

Advanced Parenting Skills – BEST Parenting Class Ever!
via Udemy
Secrets They NEVER Taught You In School Or Life!

Teaching Your Kids About Finance
via LinkedIn Learning
Raise financially fit kids. Get practical tips for teaching kids the basics of how money is earned and spent, how to create saving goals, how to stick to a budget, and more.

The Best Start in Life: Early Childhood Development for Sustainable Development
SDG Academy via edX
Children are our future – so how do we give them the best beginning for a happy and healthy life?

Supporting Physical Development in Early Childhood
Public Health England via FutureLearn
Learn how to ensure young children do enough physical activity and how it improves child mental and physical health development.

PSHE Education: Helping Children Navigate a Complex World
PSHE Association via FutureLearn
Discover how to plan your own PSHE lesson and upskill in the basic good practice of PSHE education pedagogy.

When I Grow Up: Supporting Children’s Aspirations
University of Newcastle via edX
What did you aspire to be when you were young? What do kids in your family or community want to be when they grow up? In this course you’ll find out how children and young people answer this question, and what you can do to help support their aspirations.

Positive Parenting
Dr. Paul Jenkins via YouTube
225 videos


English in Early Childhood: Language Learning and Development
British Council via FutureLearn
Discover how very young children learn English as an additional language and how you can help them progress.
★★★★★ (1233 ratings)

Learning How To Learn for Youth
Arizona State University via Coursera
Based on the most popular open online course in the world, this course gives you easy access to the learning techniques used by experts in art, music, literature, math, science, sports, and many other disciplines.
★★★★★ (692 ratings)

Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School
University of Reading via FutureLearn
Build your understanding of learning and teaching to gain confidence in supporting children in school as a teaching assistant.
★★★★★ (74 ratings)

Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)
UGC via Swayam
The course is targeted for people who intend to start a new preschool/playschool/day-care, or upgrade an existing preschool, or to take up a career as a teacher in preschool, or to improve admission counseling skills or to be trained on the various elements of ECCE.
★★★★★ (486 ratings)

Teaching Phonics in Early Childhood
Queensland University of Technology via FutureLearn
Learn what phonics is and how to teach it in the early years
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Growth Mindset: How to Help Your Child Learn, Grow, Thrive (K-12)
via Canvas Network
If you think praising your child by telling them, “You’re so smart” will help build their confidence and ensure their future success, think again. This course will open your eyes to what it really takes to help your child grow and thrive.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Healthy Practices: Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Community and Family Participation
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In this course you will find a comprehensive overlook of healthy practices in public schools in the USA, including: physical activity and nutrition in the school setting.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Scratch: Programming for Kids (8+)
Delft University of Technology via edX
Learn the basics of programming in a playful, interactive way. Create your own programs in Scratch, while you are learning how to write good and clear code.
★★★★☆ (5 ratings)

Teaching Foundational Reading Skills
Friday Institute via MOOC-ED
The Teaching Foundational Reading Skills MOOC-Ed will help you more effectively prepare your students in grades K–3 with the skills they need to become successful readers.
★★★★☆ (2 ratings)

Bullying in Schools: How Should Teachers Respond?
Queensland University of Technology via FutureLearn
Learn practical strategies you can use to support children and minimise bullying in your school and classroom.

Children Acquiring Literacy Naturally
University of California, Santa Cruz via Coursera
In this short course you will explore the possibility that children might acquire written language in a way that is similar to how they acquire spoken language—without instruction.

Drawing for Kids: Learn How to Draw 25 Cartoons Step-by-Step
via Udemy
Cartoon Drawing Lessons: An Inspiring Art Experience for Young Artists. Follow Me as I Teach Beginners How to Draw!

Teach Your Kids to Code: Learn Python Programming at Any Age
via Udemy
Short, colorful apps and games you & your child can program right away, for ages 5 to 95! Chromebook, PC, Mac and Linux!

Art for Kids & Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting
via Udemy
Learn How to Draw & Paint with Watercolors: 11 Simple Art Lessons Designed Especially for Beginners of All Ages.

Learn French Naturally For Children and the Young At Heart 2
via Udemy
Have fun learning how to understand and use basic French through stories and conversation.

Fire Up Creativity in Your Child
via Udemy
Increase Your Child’s Creative Quotient to 10X

Get Ready For Kindergarten- Phonics and Letter Recognition
via Udemy
Letter Aa- Free Trial Week

Effective Parental Engagement for Student Learning
School Education Gateway – Teacher Academy via Independent
The course aims to support school practitioners in reaching out and working effectively with parents to ensure students’ success at school, and later in life.

Help your child to read and write – Part 2
via Udemy
Sounds-Write Phonics Program, Initial Code, Units 8 to 11.

Hello! Programming with Python for Kids and Beginners
via Udemy
Beginner, Basics, Foundation, Code, Coding, Graphics, Game, Data, Computer Science, Scratch, Kids, Teens, K12, Children

Harnessing the Power of the Team: Teacher, Child, and Parent in Beginning Piano Study (from The Beginner Course)
Frances Clark Center via Kadenze
This course offers teachers practical pedagogy for the teaching of beginning piano students, specifically the roles of teacher, parent, and child.

Python for Beginners – Anyone Can Code (even kids)
via Udemy
Beginners can learn Python programming by coding fun programs. Learn Python 3 basics, 2D graphics, and create a game.

How to Draw Step by Step for Kids and Beginners
via Udemy
50 Fun and Interactive How to Draw Tutorials

Machine Learning for Kids and Beginners
via Udemy
Learn Machine Learning to create powerful AI for Real-Word applications! For Kids and Beginners, Parents and Teachers!

My German Adventure: German Language Course for Children
via Udemy
Join Lehrerin Ulrike on a German Adventure for kids as you learn to speak German.

English in Early Childhood: Learning Language Through Play
British Council via FutureLearn
Explore how children learn and the importance of play in early childhood and the role of play in language development.

English in Early Childhood: Context and Communication
British Council via FutureLearn
Study the importance of developing language in context and providing meaningful learning experiences that motivate young children.

English in Early Childhood: How Happy Children Learn
British Council via FutureLearn
Understand how to create enabling environments to nurture children’s wellbeing and support their language development.

Learn french very easily as a child-french language course 2
via Udemy
learn french- french language course – french for Intermediate -francais – 3 minute french

Pictures of Youth: An Introduction to Children’s Visual Culture
University of York via FutureLearn
Explore visual culture for children and young people including, picturebooks, comics, film, television and drama

A Better Start to Reading
University of Canterbury via edX
Learn how to prevent reading problems in children and how to use the shared book reading context in the most effective way to support children’s early reading development.

Drawing for Kids and Beginners: Learn How to Draw 24 Cute Cartoons Step-by-Step
via Skillshare
Designed with beginners in mind, this drawing course is perfect for ages 5-10 years old.

School Health for Children and Adolescents
University of Colorado System via Coursera
The courses of this specialization are designed to equip learners to manage common health conditions including asthma, allergies, diabetes, and seizures. Next they will learn to manage common behavior conditions such as ADHD and autism as well as learning disabilities and concussion.

Teaching Programming to 5 – 11 year olds
Raspberry Pi Foundation via FutureLearn
Increase your programming knowledge and develop effective lessons to teach programming to primary school pupils (aged 5-11 years).

Communicating Effectively with Vulnerable Children and Young People
University of Kent via FutureLearn
Discover tools and techniques to engage effectively with vulnerable children and young people.

Teaching Math to Young Children
Friday Institute via MOOC-ED

The Teaching Math to Young Children online professional learning will help you to more effectively support mathematics learning for young children. This online professional learning is organized around the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) “Teaching Math to Young Children” Practice Guide published in 2013 by the U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse. Teaching Mathematics to Young Children follows the Practice Guide in being organized around five major research-based recommendations with specific classroom tools and applications that you can use to help you effectively implement the recommendations.


Preventing Childhood Obesity: an Early Start to Healthy Living
University of Wollongong via FutureLearn
Prevent childhood obesity by learning about healthy eating, physical activity, screen time and sleep for children under five.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Stanford’s Short Course on Breastfeeding
Stanford University via Coursera
Stanford’s Short Course on Breastfeeding was designed for new mothers and the people who support them.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy
Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München via Coursera
Nutrition and Lifestyle in Pregnancy offers an overview of the latest research findings and international recommendations on a variety of nutrition-related aspects and outcomes of pregnancy.
★★★★☆ (4 ratings)

Infant Nutrition: from Breastfeeding to Baby’s First Solids
Deakin University via FutureLearn
It’s well known that good early nutrition is vital to the development, health and wellbeing of children, but what does this mean?
★★★★☆ (4 ratings)

Child Nutrition and Cooking
Stanford University via Coursera
Eating patterns that begin in childhood affect health and well-being across the lifespan. This course examines contemporary child nutrition and the impact of the individual decisions made by each family.
★★★★☆ (31 ratings)

Food for Kids: Discovering Healthy Eating
University of Newcastle via edX
Learn about the science of food, nutrition and digestion using a fun approach. Investigate how the food you eat contributes to your health and wellbeing.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

Food as Medicine: Fertility and Pregnancy
Monash University via FutureLearn
Help your patients use foods and nutrition to assist in conceiving and achieving good pregnancy outcomes.

Food for Kids: A Parents’ Guide
University of Newcastle via edX
Learn what good nutrition for children means and practise healthy eating with your family. This course will provide strategies and support to help you ensure your children are meeting their nutrient needs for optimal growth and development.

Physical and Mental Health

Young People and Their Mental Health
University of Cambridge via FutureLearn
What are the most common mental health problems, what can you do about them and how do you improve your mental health?
★★★★★ (75 ratings)

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents: from Evidence to Action
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn
Consider the latest data, priorities and debates about the health of mothers, children and adolescents in this free online course.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Preventative Healthcare for the Newborn Baby
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In this course, you will learn some medical interventions and skills to keep newborns healthy in the days and weeks after they have been born.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Emergency Care: Pregnancy, Infants, and Children
University of Colorado System via Coursera
Welcome to the final course of lectures in your quest to master EMT basics. In this course, we will cover some of the highest-stress patient populations: pregnant patients and kids, also known as pediatrics.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Guidance to Keep Newborn Babies Safe and Healthy
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In your previous 2 courses, you learned some medical interventions and skills to keep newborns healthy in the days and weeks after they have been born.  In this course, you will learn some key things that parents will need to do to keep their babies safe and healthy.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

The Newborn Assessment
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In your previous course, you learned some medical interventions and skills to keep newborns healthy in the days and weeks after they have been born. In this course, you will learn what some additional skills that medical providers do to keep babies healthy.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

Supporting Parents of a Newborn Baby
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In this course, you will learn some core components in supporting parents of newborn babies.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Newborn Capstone
University of Colorado System via Coursera
Now we arrive at a crucial part of your learning –the Newborn Baby Care Capstone- Case Studies, which is your opportunity to take what you have learned and synthesize, integrate, and apply what you know to a series of case studies.

Репродуктивное здоровье женщины и безопасная беременность
Tomsk State University via Coursera
Курс знакомит с ключевыми концепциями профилактики нарушения репродуктивного здоровья женщины, а также включает четкие алгоритмы действий при конкретных клинических ситуациях по вопросам женского здоровья.

Anti Bullying Training Course & Bullying Prevention Training
via Udemy
Giving Teachers, Parents and Students Tools to Stop Bullying – Online and Offline Bullying Prevention Training

Philosophy for Children and P.E.A.C.E.
University of Naples Federico II via EMMA
This course aims to demonstrate how important philosophy is to the development of critical and creative thinking.

Child Psychology (Advanced Level) – ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE
via Udemy
Childhood development and behaviour, psychology theories of cognition, learning, and memorising, milestones and stages

First Aid, and Children’s Health: Your Complete Guide
via Udemy
Taught by a Doctor: Mandatory first aid course covering all of the common injuries and illnesses especially of children

Introduction to Child Psychology – ACCREDITED CERTIFICATE
via Udemy
Learn about child behaviour, parenting styles, relationships and socialising, cognitive development, counselling & more!

Human Growth and Development
Modern States via Independent
It covers the fundamentals generally taught in a one-semester introductory course in developmental psychology or human development, including the infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and aging.

Anxiety in Children and Young People during COVID-19
University of East Anglia via FutureLearn
Learn about anxiety and discover helpful strategies to support young people struggling with anxiety during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MSc Child and Adolescent Mental Wellbeing
Anglia Ruskin University via FutureLearn
Advance your career in mental health and build practical skills to support the wellbeing of young people with ARU’s master’s in child mental wellbeing.

Injury Prevention for Children & Teens
University of Michigan via edX
Injuries are the #1 cause of death among children and teens. This course lays a foundation for the prevention of child and teen injuries.

Psychological First Aid: Supporting Children and Young People
Public Health England via FutureLearn
Get Psychological First Aid training to support children and young people’s mental health during emergencies and crisis situations

Youth Mental Health: Supporting Young People Using a Trauma Informed Practice
Mental Health Foundation via FutureLearn
Learn supportive skills from counsellors, youth workers, and mental health professionals to aid young people’s mental wellbeing.

Newborn Baby Care
University of Colorado System via Coursera
In this specialization learners will acquire the skills necessary for newborn baby care to optimize their health in the hours, days and weeks after they are born.

Understanding child development: from synapse to society
Utrecht University via Coursera
In this course, we dive into the topic of child development.

Protecting Children during COVID-19 and other Infectious Disease Outbreaks
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action via FutureLearn
Learn how to adapt child protection programming to support the wellbeing and development of vulnerable children during COVID-19.

Protección de la infancia durante la COVID-19 y otros brotes de enfermedades infecciosas
The Alliance for Child Protection in Humanitarian Action via FutureLearn
Cómo adaptar los programas de protección de la infancia para apoyar el bienestar y el desarrollo de los niños y niñas vulnerables

Maternity Care: Building Relationships Really Does Save Lives
Griffith University via FutureLearn
Learn how quality relationships between mothers, midwives and other health professionals transform maternity care and save lives.

Essentials of child and adolescent psychiatry across the world
Université Paris SUD via France Université Numerique
This MOOC is intended for people who want to learn the most basic notions in child and adolescent psychiatry. The main disorders (depression, autism,…) are tackled, like more general topics (development, treatments,…).

COVID-19: Adapting Child Protection Case Management
University of Strathclyde via FutureLearn
Get practical guidance on how to adapt child protection case management in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Special Needs

Education for All: Disability, Diversity and Inclusion
University of Cape Town via FutureLearn
Discover ways to make education more inclusive, especially in areas where resources are limited.
★★★★★ (92 ratings)

Severe to Profound Intellectual Disability: Circles of Care and Education
University of Cape Town via Coursera
This course is about caring for and educating children (and youth) with severe to profound intellectual disability.
★★★★★ (15 ratings)

Teaching Children with Visual Impairment: Creating Empowering Classrooms
University of Cape Town via Coursera
In the education of children with visual impairment, there is at present a global movement away from segregated special schooling, and towards inclusive neighbourhood schools.
★★★★★ (2 ratings)

Supporting children with difficulties in reading and writing
University of London International Programmes via Coursera
This course is for teachers to learn why some children have so much difficulty with reading and writing, often called ‘dyslexia’, and to learn more about best practice in teaching literacy to all in light of recent scientific discoveries.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

ADHD: Everyday Strategies for Elementary Students
State University of New York via Coursera
This course will provide an overview of ADHD diagnosis and treatment.
★★★★★ (3 ratings)

Autism Spectrum Disorder
University of California, Davis via Coursera
Understanding the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their implications for behavior, learning and the ability to process information is critical for anyone working or interacting with those on the spectrum — educators, clinicians, counselors, therapists, medical staff, family and employers. This course will give you a fundamental understanding of what ASD is, how it is diagnosed, the primary areas of impairment, and why prevalence is increasing.
★★★★☆ (7 ratings)

Educating Deaf Children: Becoming an Empowered Teacher
University of Cape Town via Coursera
This course provides you with invaluable knowledge and skills about teaching Deaf children.

Расстройства аутистического спектра
Saint Petersburg State University via Coursera
Вводный курс «Расстройства аутистического спектра» содержит в себе ключевую информацию об этой группе расстройств. Опираясь на материал современных исследований расстройств аутистического спектра (РАС), курс рассматривает как исторический контекст изучения, так и современные подходы к диагностике, вмешательству и поддержке людей с РАС.

Hearing Loss in Children
University of Michigan via Coursera
This course addresses gaps currently existing in the health education curriculum for pediatric hearing loss and gives learners the foundational knowledge that can be applied immediately in a broad range of health, educational, and home settings.

Children with Developmental challenges
CEC via Swayam
The goals of education are the same for all children provided that these goals are balanced and brought in harmony with the individual needs of each child.

Identifying and Responding to Developmental Delay in Young Children
Stanford University via edX
This course will provide the knowledge and tools for the primary care clinician to identify children at risk for developmental delays, and to refer them for appropriate therapeutic and diagnostic services.

Integrated Healthcare for Children with Developmental Disabilities
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine via FutureLearn
Discover how to improve the health and wellbeing of children with developmental disabilities.

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  1. Livelearningzone

    These online classes will really help parents to upgrade themselves. The content of the page is informative.

  2. Kasha

    I would like to Excel as a parent and take all parenting classes nutrition classes etc. that could be available to me!


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