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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 psychologyChild 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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  • Lesson 1. The Concept of Childhood

    This lesson discusses the differences in the perception of children from the Middle Ages to the Industrial Revolution.
  • Lesson 2. Early Biological Factors in Child Psychology

    This lesson focuses on the developments in the embryonic stage and genetic and drug related defects.
  • Lesson 3. Major Schools of Child Psychology

    This lesson describes different child psychology theorists and the criticisms of each.
  • Lesson 4. Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development

    This lesson discusses Piaget's theories of cognitive development in children.
  • Lesson 5. Vygotsky's Theory of Social Cognitive Development

    This lesson examines Vygotsky's theory of children's development through social interactions.
  • Lesson 6. Erikson's Eight Stages of Development

    This lesson explains Erikson's, "Eight stages of man," from birth to death.
  • Lesson 7. Development of Language

    This lesson focuses on the different stages of speech and language development.
  • Lesson 8. Nature versus Nurture

    This lesson discusses the genetic and environmental influences to child development.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Lesson 11. Psychological Testing and Children

    This lesson describes the different types of tests to determine psychological or developmental issues in children.

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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
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00

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.
  • Summarize Piaget's Theory of Cognitive Development.
  • Summarize Vygotsky's Theory of Sociocognitive Development.
  • Define Erikson's Eight Stages of Development.
  • Describe the processes of the development of language.
  • Define nurture.
  • Summarize the affect of family dynamics on child psychology, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
Lesson 1 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 1 ExamExam18
Lesson 2 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 2 ExamExam17
Lesson 3 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 3 ExamExam13
Lesson 4 AssignmentAssignment15
Lesson 4 ExamExam22
Lesson 5 AssignmentAssignment10
Lesson 5 ExamExam16
Lesson 6 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 6 ExamExam18
Lesson 7 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 7 ExamExam19
Lesson 8 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 8 ExamExam18
Lesson 9 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 9 ExamExam21
Lesson 10 AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 10 ExamExam16
Lesson 11: AssignmentAssignment25
Lesson 11 ExamExam11
Total Points:409

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