Child development may be defined as the various changes that occur for humans (e.g., physical, cognitive, social, and emotional) between birth and adulthood. Child development may also examine changes that occur prenatally (i.e. before birth). The changes that happen before birth and in the early years of life impact us all and shape who we become as adults. Early child development often focuses on the first five years of life.
Child development is a multidisciplinary field which relies on knowledge from several other fields such as psychology, sociology, human development, and the medical field. The study of child development is important to improve outcomes for children and in turn, society as a whole. The following course provides key knowledge of this field. Each lesson includes and introduction, a lesson which contains the major aspects of each topic area, a conclusion section which summarizes the lesson, and a quiz on the lesson. Some lessons also contain helpful online resources for learning more about early childhood development. After taking this course, a person should be familiar with the basics of the field of child development, the four key domains of child development, developmental milestones, and development disabilities.