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Course Description

Research shows that the early years set the stage for all future development. We know more now than ever before about how young children learn, think and grow. All children are born eager to explore their world and master their development. From birth to a child's third birthday, development proceeds at a pace exceeding that of any stage of life. Infants and toddlers rapidly develop capabilities in emotional regulation, relationships, cognition, motor development, and language. These capabilities form the foundation from which all future development builds.

This course is designed to help you do the following:
  • Follow a child's growth and development from birth to three years of age.
  • Familiarize yourself with the developmental milestones of the first three years.
  • Learn and use the information and the skills needed to serve as a caregiver to children.
  • Examine the opportunities for a career in child development, child care, or related fields.
  • Better understand the responsibilities of parenthood.
  • Decide whether children will have a major or a minor place in your future.

Caring for young children involves many commitments and responsibilities. Perhaps the greatest of these is helping a child develop a positive self-con­cept and healthy self-esteem. With these assets, a child will be better able to make wise decisions, relate well to others, and assume responsibil­ity for his or her own life.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1 : Brain Development

    Just three weeks after conception, the human brain begins forming, but in many ways, brain development is a lifelong project.
  • Lesson 2 : Developmental Connections in Early Childhood

    According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, various aspects of early childhood development are linked.
  • Lesson 3 : Infant Growth and Development

    Infants experience many stages of growth and development. Growth refers to an increase in size or weight.
  • Lesson 4 : Early Language and Literacy

    Language and intellectual development appear to be closely related. Thus, observations of how children develop language also provide information on their cognitive development.
  • Lesson 5 : The Importance of Play

    Playing with a baby begins by engaging all of his senses. His eyes, ears, nose, hands, and mouth are his tools.
  • Lesson 6 : Communicating With Your Baby

    From the moment of birth, your baby begins to communicate. At first, the newborn's cries may seem like a foreign language to you, but before you know it, you will learn your baby's "language."
  • Lesson 7 : Cognitive Development

    Cognitive development refers to a child's growing ability to perceive, remember, think, reason, and solve problems.
  • Lesson 8 : Emotional and Social Development

    At birth, infants show the beginning of a personality all their own. Some babies cry a lot; others seldom do. Some may be tense; others are more relaxed.
  • Lesson 9 : The Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain Development

    In a bulletin produced by the Child Welfare Information Gateway, research was cited that indicated babies' brains grow and develop as they interact with their environment and learn how to function within that environment.
  • Lesson 10 : Developmental Issues of Premature Infants

    Babies born before their expected due dates have always elicited a double dose of compassion from those of us who are touched by their entrance into the world.
  • Lesson 11 : Developmental Disabilities

    It is natural to compare your child with others his age. When the neighbor's baby walks at 10 months, for example, you may worry if yours does not crawl until 13 months.
Course Title: Early Childhood Development
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Number: 7550154
Course Type: General Education
Course URL: http://childhood.onlineclasses.com
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Requirements: View Technical Requirements
Course Fee: Basic Course: $45.00 (no CEU Certification)
  with CEU Certification: $70.00
Average Lesson Rating: (687 votes)
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CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
Standard: Course Adheres to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 1760 Old Meadow Road, Suite 500, McLean, VA 22102.
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Describe brain development in early childhood.
  • Describe the developmental connections made in early childhood.
  • Describe development in infants.
  • Describe developments in early language and literacy.
  • Describe ways to communicate with your baby.
  • Summarize cognitive development from infant to early childhood.
  • Describe the emotional and social development of children.
  • Summarize the effects of maltreatment on early brain development.
  • Describe developmental issues of premature infants.
  • Recognize and describe developmental disabilities in children, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1 Assignment: Nutrition LinkAssignment20
Lesson 1 : Brain DevelopmentExam10
Lesson 2 Assignment: Interacting SkillsAssignment20
Lesson 2 : Developmental Connections in Early ChildhoodExam8
Lesson 3 Assignment: Baby PartsAssignment20
Lesson 3 : Infant Growth & DevelopmentExam9
Lesson 4 Assignment: Reading to ChildrenAssignment20
Lesson 4 : Early Language & LiteracyExam8
Lesson 5 Assignment: Thinking ToysAssignment20
Lesson 5 : The Importance of PlayExam9
Lesson 6 Assignment: Finding ResourcesAssignment20
Lesson 6 : Communicating with Your BabyExam9
Lesson 7 Assignment: PiagetAssignment20
Lesson 7 : Cognitive DevelopmentExam9
Lesson 8 Assignment: Temperament TestingAssignment25
Lesson 8 : Emotional and Social DevelopmentExam9
Lesson 9 Assignment: Discovering MaltreatmentAssignment20
Lesson 9 : The Effects of Maltreatment on Early Brain DevelopmentExam9
Lesson 10 Assignment: Long Term ChallengesAssignment20
Lesson 10 : Developmental Issues of Premature InfantsExam9
Lesson 11 Assignment: MatchingAssignment25
Lesson 11 : Developmental DisabilitiesExam10
The Final ExamExam49
Total Points:383

Student Testimonials

  • "The entire course was most helpful." -- Anique L.
  • "It was a great course. She was a great instructor." -- Rachel M.
  • "I learned so much about this course that it's going to improve my skills as a teacher in a daycare that I work at." -- Yenderina M.
  • "I found the "Developmental connections in early childhood" and "emotional and social development" very helpful. I also found "infant growth and development" knowledgeable. My class experience was a great one." -- Angel G.
  • "Early childhood development was essential to understanding the delays and issues that can be seen, and when, as children grow." -- Barbara R.
  • "It was all very helpful I will use this program again." -- Sarah R.
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