Professional Development

Professional Development

Parenting Education Research Group


The annual Oregon Parenting Educators Conference is hosted in collaboration with the Oregon Parenting Education Collaborative (OPEC), the Hallie E. Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families, and the College of Health). The conference is for parenting education professionals, early childhood professionals, and any faculty, staff, student, or community member who is interested in the social or human services.

Online Professional Development

Essentials of parenting education professional practice

A free online course to learn the foundations of professional practice for parenting educators through interactive technology, videos, graphics, and readings. The course was developed by OSU and is deployed using Canvas, an online learning system. There are seven self-directed learning modules. For more information, and to start the course, visit the OPEC website.  

Red light, purple light: a self-regulation intervention program

The Red Light, Purple Light: Self-Regulation Intervention Program (developed by Drs. Shauna Tominey and Megan McClelland of OSU) focuses on a series of music- and movement-based circle time games that can be used to promote young children's self-regulation at home and at school. 

Training Requests

As part of our effort to 1) increase awareness about the need for parenting education and resources, and 2) expand the OPEC initiative, the OSU Parenting Education Team offers trainings and workshops on a variety of topics related to early childhood, mental health, and best practices in parenting and parenting education. If you are interested in requesting a training, please email us at [email protected] to schedule a time to discuss.