Media Literacy for Early Childhood Professionals

LEARN: Free and low-cost professional development courses to help you learn more about media literacy and creating a learning environment that supports media literacy skills.


As an early childhood educator, you are often the first to field questions from parents and families about typical childhood development. That’s why high-quality professional development is so valuable. In Maryland, you have a variety of face-to-face and virtual learning options to help meet your professional learning needs. You can choose professional development options based on your experience, interests, and preferred learning format. Many of these courses are approved for MSDE clock hours and CPD credits.


Teaching Media Literacy in Early Childhood

This virtual hybrid course for early care providers and educators identifies how to plan thoughtful, developmentally appropriate ways to use media and technology and foster active learning with young children. Learn online at your own pace and join two virtual meetings during the 1-week course session.
Approved for 6 Core of Knowledge clock hours by MSDE.

> Teaching Media Literacy in Early Childhood

LEARN Resources

Early Learning Social

Early Learning Social

Join MPT on the first Thursday of each month for this professional development and networking series. Each month offers a FREE training event where you collaborate with your peers and engage in fun and lively discussions while you network.

> Early Learning Social

PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning for PreK-2 Teachers

PBS KIDS offers a FREE special collection of flexible self-paced learning to help inspire teachers and provide support for the classroom. Download and submit your PBS KIDS Certificate of Completion to your licensing specialist for verification of approved clock hours.

> PBS KIDS Self-Paced Learning for PreK-2 Teachers

Here’s a sample of what you’ll find:

Spark Learning with Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood

This self-paced Learning Path for PreK-2 teachers shares ways to use Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and other media to ignite children's learning.

Document Learning with Elinor Wonders Why

This self-paced Learning Path for PreK-2 teachers explores ways to use media and encourage students to document their curiosity and learning.

Thinking and Making with Media in PreK-2 Classrooms

This self-paced Learning Path for PreK-2 teachers explores how to integrate media into teaching and how it can help students become lifelong learners.

Supporting Play with Media and Technology

This self-paced Learning Path for PreK-2 teachers explores using media and technology to support playful learning experiences with children.

   ** For teachers who currently hold a Maryland Teaching Certificate

Thinkport Online Courses
Activating the Voice of the Student Through Digital Tools

This self-paced course explores a range of web-based tools that can be used in the classroom.

Using Digital Portfolios to Foster Student Learning

This course takes an in-depth look at the power of digital portfolios as a tool to document student learning through exploring various formats and uses of digital portfolios in classrooms.

Certificates, Modules and Webinars

Making Screen Time Learning Time

This module introduces you to the purpose and role of a screen time policy in your child care program. You will also learn important considerations for developing a policy that is compliant with The Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR).

Media Literacy from KQED

These general media resources provide an overview of media literacy.

PBS Media Literacy Certification by KQED

Earn microcredentials as you complete the PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification.

PBS Virtual Professional Learning Series

These resources created for teachers—by teachers— bring together content experts and educators from all backgrounds. With an emphasis on fun, engaging, accessible, and free tools for classrooms, these bite-sized opportunities are designed to connect educators with each other and PBS shows, themes, and content.