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PSYC 359 Positive Behavior Guidance

This course addresses the developmentally appropriate strategies to support learning of socially appropriate classroom behaviors for young children. Strategies examined for the course support social development, personal values and citizenship. The developmental and philosophical rationale for selection of behavior guidance strategies and practices are the foundational focus of the course. Students address the differences between discipline, classroom management and positive behavior guidance with particular focus on the cultural and contextual experiences of children in urban communities.


Special information

Note: Field work required.
3 Undergraduate credits

Effective May 2, 2018 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Demonstrate sensitivity to the child guidance practices of families and cultures.
  • Demonstrate supportive teacher-child relationships and promote positive peer relationships in diverse classrooms.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use guidance and management techniques to support the social and emotional development of young children from birth to age eight.
  • Design an environment to support young children's behaviors from culturally diverse backgrounds including children with disabilities.
  • Identify ways to promote mental health and reduce the consequences of stress and trauma.
  • Understand child guidance theories and how to apply the theories in diverse early childhood classrooms.
  • Write a behavior plan and develop a hypothetical classroom intervention.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Positive Behavior Guidance Cook, Carmen R Books for PSYC-359-01 Spring 2024 Course details for PSYC-359-01 Spring 2024