Date of Award


Document Type

Non Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education




Early Childhood Education

Capstone Instructor

Dr. Barbara Schoenbeck

Second Reader

Lacey Wellens


self-regulation, classroom behavior, teacher training, self-control, child development, early childhood education


One of the many problems teachers of young child face today is how to create a classroom where children are able to learn, get along, and become increasingly able to self-regulate their own behavior. The best way to empower teachers of young children in the area of self-regulation of preschool children is to educate them on the key ways that environment and interactions play in the development of self-regulation. Many teacher preparation programs in America's universities today fail to prepare teachers on challenging behaviors that often occur in classrooms. There has been little focus on helping children develop their self-regulatory skills leaving staff perplexed when challenging behaviors occur. The following examination will help outline what teacher preparation courses lacked or may help refresh those who have not fully grasped the importance of self-regulatory development during their teacher training.


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