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Course Description

This course addresses Child Development from Birth through age 8 years with a multi-cultural focus to help students understand common developmental milestones as well as how culture and experience influence the development of individual children.  Examines the physical, social, emotional, cognitive/intellectual, and linguistic developmental characteristics of children within and outside the United States. Discusses typical as well as atypical development, including strategies for accommodating children with disabilities in the classroom.  Focuses on understanding development and its cultural variations is essential for effective teaching.

Learner Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Define the qualitative and quantitative processes and stages of all areas of human development from conception to age 8.
  2. Understand how culture and family influence a child’s development and be able to address their special learning styles.
  3. Compare and contrast the seven major theories of child development and apply them to guide decisions in the classroom.
  4. Understand how negative environmental influences can affect a child’s development and list strategies for intervention.
  5. Know the disabilities that are common in young children and be able to provide strategies for interventions and accommodations in the classroom.
  6. Know how bilingual children’s learning and language acquisition is different from monolingual learners and provide interventions.
  7. Recognize the value of play and understand how it supports learning and development.
  8. Identify different family types and define how family choices and culture influence development.

Notes

Endorsement Area:   Early Childhood Education

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Section Title
Early Childhood Development (Birth-Age 8)
Delivery Options
Online  
Course Fee(s)
Tuition credit (3 units) $350.00
Available for Credit
3 Quarter Credits
Instructors
Section Notes

Course is self-paced. Course requires three, 1-hour observations in three different early childhood settings. Students are responsible for making arrangements to complete observation hours. Completion time: up to one year from date of enrollment.


Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 3 days of enrollment will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawal requests submitted within 21 days of enrollment will receive a 95 percent refund. No refunds will be given after 21 days, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the end date of the course. Please return all course materials you have received. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

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