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Course Description

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.  

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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.
  • Know cognitive development from infant to early childhood.
  • Describe the emotional and social development of children.
  • Know 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.
 
 
 
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Lesson 1: Basics of Child Development

Child development is a multidisciplinary field that relies on knowledge from several other fields, such as psychology, sociology, human development, and the medical field. 21 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Complete Assignment: An Introduction
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 1 Exam

Lesson 2: Prenatal Development

Prenatal development is the earliest stage of human development. It pertains to all of the development that occurs before birth. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Review Article: Stages of Prenatal Development
  • Review Article: Problems With Prenatal Development
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 2 Exam

Lesson 3: Infant Development

Infant development is the earliest stage of a childs development after birth. In general, the term infant refers to babies between the ages of 0 to 12 months. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Review Article: Infant development: Birth to 3 months
  • Review Article: How Your Newborn Grows: Infant Development
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 3 Exam

Lesson 4: Physical Development

This lesson covers the key areas of knowledge one should have regarding early childhood physical development, including the development of the body, motor skills, senses, and brain. 19 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 4 Exam

Lesson 5: Cognitive Development

The term cognition refers to how the mind operates and the study of cognitive development focuses on how the mind thinks and learns during the early years of life. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Review Article: Cognitive Developmental Milestones
  • Review Article: Understanding your baby's cognitive development
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 5 Exam

Lesson 6: Emotional and Social Development

The following lesson covers the key areas of knowledge one should have in regard to early childhood emotional and social development, including the key areas of this type of development. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Review Article: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood
  • Review Article: Understanding Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 6 Exam

Lesson 7: Language and Literacy Development

Language and literacy development are major domains of early childhood development. 15 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Review Article: The Role of Early Oral Language in Literacy Development
  • Review Article: How important is it?
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 7 Exam

Lesson 8: Developmental Milestones

The following lesson presents the key milestones that babies and toddlers should reach within their early childhood development. 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Review Article: American Academy of Pediatrics Ages & Stages Information
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 8 Exam

Lesson 9: Developmental Disabilities

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, developmental disabilities are a group of conditions due to an impairment in physical, learning, language, or behavior areas. 64 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Take Poll: How would you rate this course?
  • Take Survey: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course)
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Assignment
  • Complete: Lesson 9 Exam
  • Complete: The Final Exam
218
Total Course Points

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Course Title: Early Childhood Development 101
Course Number: 8900269
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
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Course Type: General Education
CEU Value: 0.8 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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Student Testimonials

  • "I loved learning all about how the brain develops and what I can do to encourage development in my son. Instructor was great, very helpful!" -- Nichole B.
  • "The way the material was presented was very clear and easy to comprehend. The instructor got back to me quickly, which was appreciated. She was also helpful, positive, clear and concise." -- Brooke S.
  • "I really liked this course. It helped me a lot. I like my instructor too. Thanks so much." -- Jessica K.
  • "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.
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