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Course Description:

Students will examine the history of child development, and the major theories and theorists in the area of child development as they describe and interpret the behavior of infants and young children, and as they influence the responses of adults, parents and researchers to very young children. The student will develop an understanding of research strategies and the impact of cultural, biological and environmental influences on the development of the young child. Current research in the areas of prenatal development, physical, cognitive, language, social, emotional and early brain development will be examined.

This course differs from Child Development with its specific focus on the development of the very young child (depth), and environmental influences on the early development of young children (breadth). This course differs from Infant and Toddler Development: Introductory with its higher level of expectation with respect to amount and breadth of reading and complexity and length of assignments. This course is recommended for students of Human Development who are interested in acquiring an in-depth understanding of early childhood development. Students in this course will typically have knowledge about human development and the development of children.

Note: this course satisfies the requirement for Infant and Toddler Development for the Infant/Toddler Credential.

Important Note: students should not include this course twice in their degree program. This course can only be taken once, either at the lower-level or at the upper-level.

Prerequisites: a course in Human Development, Lifespan Development or Child Development is required.

This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.

This online course is offered through Online Learning. You can take this as an individual course or as part of an online degree program, with term starts in March, May, September, November and January. View current term offerings and all online courses. Click here to register for online courses.

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Liberal Study
Upper Level
Credits: 4
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full

Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Fall 1.

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