Course Syllabus: Early Childhood Development 101


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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.  

Course Requirements

This course will not require you to have previous experience in any particular area but you should have a high school reading level. No books will be required.

Course Topics

Lesson 1: Basics of Child Development

Lesson 2: Prenatal Development

Lesson 3: Infant Development

Lesson 4: Physical Development

Lesson 5: Cognitive Development

Lesson 6: Emotional & Social Development

Lesson 7: Language & Literacy Development

Lesson 8: Developmental Milestones

Lesson 9: Developmental Disabilities

Course Materials

All course material will be provided in the lessons and netlinks. There are no required materials to purchase before taking the class.

Grading Policy

Each lesson will include a lesson review quiz along with one or two assignments. Students will successfully complete this course by mastering all learning outcomes with 70% or higher overall grade.

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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Assessment Guide

An Introduction1
Lesson 1 Assignment10
Lesson 1 Exam10
Lesson 2 Assignment10
Lesson 2 Exam9
Lesson 3 Assignment10
Lesson 3 Exam10
Lesson 4 Assignment10
Lesson 4 Exam9
Lesson 5 Assignment10
Lesson 5 Exam10
Lesson 6 Assignment10
Lesson 6 Exam10
Lesson 7 Assignment5
Lesson 7 Exam10
Lesson 8 Assignment10
Lesson 8 Exam10
Lesson 9 Assignment10
Lesson 9 Exam10
The Final Exam43
Total Points:217
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