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Students will briefly examine a human developmental framework within which to place the study of infant and toddler development. An overview of major theories in child development will be provided, to 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 culture, 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.
The content of this course is to be distinguished from Child Development in that it more specifically focuses on the development of the very young child (depth), and provides exposure to environmental influences on the early development of young children (breadth). This course is recommended for students working with young children professionally, or as parents or grandparents.
This course differs from Infant and Toddler Development: Advanced in the quantity and breadth of reading, the level of complexity in assignments, and the length of assignments.
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.
This course fully meets the General Education requirement in Social Sciences.
This online course is offered through the Center for Distance 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.
Other Areas: The Arts | Business, Management & Economics | Community & Human Services | Communications, Humanities & Cultural Studies | Educational Studies | Historical Studies | Human Development | Labor Studies | Nursing | Science, Math & Technology | Social Science
Meets General Education Requirement In: Social Sciences-Full
Term(s) Offered (Subject to Change) : Spring 1. Summer. Fall 1.
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