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Course Report

50+ 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.

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.

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.
★★★★★ (37 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.
★★★★★ (4 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.
★★★★★ (1 rating)

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)

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.

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.

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?


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.
★★★★☆ (27 ratings)

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?
★★★★☆ (3 ratings)

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: 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.

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.

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.


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.
★★★★★ (263 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.
★★★★★ (35 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
★★★★★ (2 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)

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)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

นาฏศิลป์สำหรับเด็กปฐมวัย (Dance for Young Children)
Chiang Rai Rajabhat University via ThaiMOOC
ความหมายและความสำคัญของนาฏศิลป์สำหรับเด็ก รูปแบบการจัดนาฏศิลป์สำหรับเด็กปฐมวัย เทคนิคในการจัดและเลือกชุดแสดงให้เหมาะสมกับโอกาสต่างๆ ฝึกปฏิบัติการแสดงชุดต่างๆ เพลงประกอบลีลาท่าทางและการแสดงตามสมัยนิยมที่เหมาะสมกับวัยของเด็ก

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

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.

Special Needs

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.
★★★★★ (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.
★★★★★ (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.
★★★★☆ (1 rating)

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.
★★★★☆ (2 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.

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.

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.

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.

Teaching Struggling Readers Around the World (K-12)
World Learning via Canvas Network
Do you teach young children to read? Whether you work in a classroom or you work in a home setting, with eager readers or children who really struggle to read, this free course will teach you techniques for working with your kids so that they are able to read successfully.

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?
★★★★☆ (31 ratings)

Improving the Health of Women, Children and Adolescents
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Human Growth & Development
Avianshilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women, Coimbatore via Swayam
This course focuses on human growth and development over the lifespan,as well as careers that help people deal with various physical, intellectual and socioemotional issues, such as physicians, nurses, nutritionists, counsellors and social workers.

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.

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

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    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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