This course examines the theories, concepts, and trends related to early childhood growth and development from prenatal development through the early school years. It examines the physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development of children from birth through age 8/grade 3. The course focuses on defining the various stages as they impact instructional practices and decisions in the context of the early learning environment.
This undergraduate course is 5 weeks.
Attendance and participation are mandatory in all university courses, and specific requirements may differ by course. If attendance requirements are not met, a student may be removed from the course. Please review the Course Attendance Policy in the Catalog for more information.
This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Iowa, Idaho, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York, Texas, Wisconsin, Wyoming and individuals who reside outside the United States.
- Define the characteristics of early childhood growth and development.
- Identify some early childhood theorists’ contributions to the field.
- Analyze common theories of early childhood development.
- Describe the stages of prenatal development.
- Summarize the expected cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development of a newborn.
- Identify environmental factors that may affect prenatal development.
- Discuss genetic disorders and threats to development in newborns.
- Define the role of a caregiver in the life of a newborn.
- Describe the physical characteristics of infants and toddlers.
- Compare and contrast the similarities between infants and toddlers.
- Summarize the expected physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers.
- Define the role of an early childhood educator for infants and toddlers.
- Summarize the expected physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional development of preschoolers.
- Investigate and explain the environmental factors that may affect preschool or kindergarten growth and development.
- Define developmentally appropriate practice.
- Apply the understanding of growth and development to classroom practices and environments.
- Summarize physical, social, emotional, and moral development in the primary elementary years.
- Describe the effect of poverty, health problems, and violence on child development in the primary elementary years.
- Define supportive learning environments in the primary grades.
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