Out-of-School Time Entry Level Training (OST-ELT)

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Introduction to Course

Welcome to Out-of- School Time Entry Level Training. The program you work in could be referred to as “afterschool”, “extended day”, “enrichment”, “youth club”, or “school-age”. All of these programs are considered Out-of -School Time programs. This course will introduce you to the basics of being a teacher in an Out-of- School Time program.

Course Objectives

    • After taking this course you will be able to:
  • Demonstrate professionalism in an out-of- school time setting.
  • Model good communication skills and understand the importance of effective communication between children, parents, and others.
  • Plan a safe program that allows children to explore on their own with a variety of choices and options.
  • Recognize the characteristics of school-age children and how play connects to child development.
  • Respond to challenging behavior using positive approaches while communicating clearly to children.
  • Develop a variety of learning environments with the understanding of how physical space affects both teaching and learning.
  • Provide and promote a healthy out-of- school time program.
  • Identify different types of emergency procedures and apply knowledge required for handling them.
This course is designed to give you a broad overview of how to provide quality care to school-age children. It will also provide tools and resources on different topics to expand your knowledge of out-of-school time care. The course will include quizzes to check your understanding of the material. These quizzes allow you to see the areas in which you are knowledgeable. They also show you areas for improvement. Please read the questions carefully and select the best answer. At the end of each unit, there is a test that covers content from all of the lessons in the unit. Copyright © Copyright by The University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, on behalf of Center for Early Childhood Professional Development Course Material: Online Chapters Quizzes and Test


(OST-ELT) Unit 1


(OST-ELT) Unit 8


(OST-ELT) Unit 9


Other Lessons

Lesson 8: Responsibilities of Each Staff Member

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Out-of-school time teachers function as both a teacher and a nurturer of children. Responsibilities of a teacher vary from one setting to another. These responsibilities can be both demanding and fulfilling.  A list of responsibilities for out-of-school time teachers might include the following: Attend staff meetings. Participate in planning center programs. Set up activities. Prepare…

Introduction: Communication

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Communication can be defined as an exchange of information between two or more people. It is a two-way process that involves both sending and receiving messages. Communication is the key to a successful out-of-school time program. Teachers who communicate effectively with children, parents and other staff members help provide an environment that allows each to…

Lesson 4: Modeling Good Communication Skills

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Modeling Good Communication Skills Modeling good communication with children is essential to promote language development. Young children need to hear the language spoken to learn to speak themselves. An important, but often overlooked, element in promoting and stimulating children’s communication is the mix of children. Because children learn so much of their language through imitation,…

Lesson 3: Listening Skills

Length: 5 minutesComplexity: Standard

Listening Skills For good communication to happen, the listener must have skills to receive the message.   Listening skills include: Maintain eye contact when others are speaking. Note: Be aware of cultural differences when using eye contact. Avoid interrupting. Allow the sender to complete his/her thoughts before speaking. Accept sender’s ideas and feeling. Provide feedback…