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  • 18
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  • 7
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  • 0.7
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Course Description

This course introduces the methods, theories and main concepts used by psychologists to develop a real insight into the world of children.


Child psychology is extremely important for a number of reasons, not the least of which is being able to understand and accurately predict a reasonable norm for child development. Proper discipline, teaching styles and communication styles are all based on understanding the psychology of childhood, which changes and develops over time.  Intervention on behalf of children who have been raised in difficult circumstances or faced traumatic events also hinges on understanding child psychology -- children don't cope with situations in the same way adults do because they do not process information the same way and do not have the same emotional or reasoning skills.

 

By studying child psychology, we can better understand children and equip them to become well-adjusted, more adaptable adults who are capable of living rich and varied lives.  We can help our children through crises and enrich their daily lives by interacting with them in ways that are appropriate to their developmental levels.  Is it any wonder that so many people choose to study child developmental psychology every year?

This course is for all those who want to find out what psychology can tell us about the nature and development of children. This study is intended for students of psychology , those training to work with children in a variety of professional roles, or anyone just interested in understanding how children develop.

 

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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1. The Concept of Childhood

This lesson discusses the differences in the perception of children from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Review 3 Articles: An Essay on the Historic Concept of Childhood; Changing Perceptions of Childhood; Pronunciation Website
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2. Early Biological Factors in Child Psychology

This lesson focuses on the developments in the embryonic stage and genetic and drug related defects. 17 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: The Visible Embryo
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3. Major Schools of Child Psychology

This lesson describes different child psychology theorists and the criticisms of each. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Child Psychology Resources; The History of Child Psychology
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

This lesson discusses Piaget's theories of cognitive development in children. 24 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Jean Piaget; Jean Piaget's Life and Work
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5. Vygotsky's Theory of Social Cognitive Development

This lesson examines Vygotsky's theory of children's development through social interactions. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Vygotsky Information and Links
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6. Erikson's Eight Stages of Development

This lesson explains Erikson's, "Eight stages of man," from birth to death. 18 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Anaylsis of Erikson's Theory
  • Take Poll: Child Development Theories
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7. Development of Language

This lesson focuses on the different stages of speech and language development. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: How Does Your Child Hear and Talk
  • Take Poll: First Words
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8. Nature versus Nurture

This lesson discusses the genetic and environmental influences to child development. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review 2 Articles: Mysteries of Individuality; Cracking the Code of Life
  • Take Poll: Nature or Nurture
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9. Family Dynamics and Child Psychology

This lesson discusses the importance of birth order and the affects of divorce or a loss of a parent on a child. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam

Lesson 10. Applied Child Psychology

This lesson focuses on the importance of providing an enriched and interactive environment to help a child develop positive self esteem. 16 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Review Article: Developmental Milestones
  • Complete: Lesson 10 Exam

Lesson 11. Psychological Testing and Children

This lesson describes the different types of tests to determine psychological or developmental issues in children. 13 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Review Article: IQ Testing for the Gifted Child
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 11: Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 11 Exam
203
Total Course Points
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Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what child psychology is.
  • Recognize early biological factors in child psychology.
  • Describe the major schools of child psychology.
  • Know Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.
  • Know Vygotsky's Theory of Sociocognitive Development.
  • Define Erikson's Eight Stages of Development.
  • Describe the processes of the development of language.
  • Define nurture.
  • Know the affect of family dynamics on child psychology, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
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Course Title: Child Psychology 101
Course Number: 33248
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.7 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
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
Instructor: Dr. Deirdre Mithaug
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