This course explores the development of the child from birth through eighth grade. Physical, cognitive/intellectual, social/emotional, and moral development will be examined. The course focuses on defining the various stages as they impact instructional practices and decisions in a pre-K-8 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.
- Compare the key theories of child development.
- Describe approaches used to conduct research on children.
- Identify the key developmental milestones in child development research.
- Analyze current research concerning cultural influences on child development.
- Compare biological and environmental influences on development (nature versus nurture).
- Summarize essential factors of prenatal development and effects following birth.
- Describe the growth and development of a newborn child through the first year.
- Identify physical development of infants and toddlers.
- Describe cognitive development of infants and toddlers.
- Examine emotional and social development of infants and toddlers.
- Analyze current research concerning cultural influences on the development of infants and toddlers.
- Identify physical development in early childhood.
- Describe cognitive development in early childhood.
- Examine emotional and social development in early childhood.
- Identify physical development in middle childhood.
- Describe cognitive development in middle childhood.
- Examine emotional and social development in middle childhood.
- Analyze Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences.
- Identify physical development in adolescence.
- Describe cognitive development in adolescence.
- Examine emotional and social development in adolescence.
- Assess media and technology influences on adolescent development.
- Explain the importance of developmental theory for teaching and learning.
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Although our continuing education for teacher’s courses are accepted by some state agencies in the United States toward teacher certifications and endorsements, this may not be the case in all states or foreign jurisdictions. If you plan to use courses for certification or endorsement, please check with your own state agency and your school district for applicability. Continuing education for teachers’ courses is not eligible to apply to degree programs at University of Phoenix. These courses are not eligible for federal financial aid.
Transferability of credit is at the discretion of the receiving institution. It is the student’s responsibility to confirm whether credits earned at University of Phoenix will be accepted by another institution of the student’s choice.
While widely available, not all programs are available in all locations or in both online and on-campus formats. More information about eligibility requirements, policies, and procedures can be found in the catalog or please check with a University Enrollment Representative.