This course provides a thorough examination of child development from conception, infancy, and toddlerhood through preschool and school age children. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social development will be studied throughout each of these stages. The role of a positive and involved caregiver in the life of a growing child is emphasized throughout the course, as well as guides for safety and best practices. Additional topics include parenting and guiding behavior, family planning, healthy pregnancy, genetic disorders, and children with special needs. Career options that involve working with children are also explored in this course.
Units & Tasks
This course is divided into the following Units and Sections.
- Course Introduction
- Unit 1: Theories, Parenting, and Pregnancy
- 1.1 Developmental Theories
- 1.2 Parenting and Families
- 1.3 Family Planning
- 1.4 Pregnancy
- Unit 2: Infant & Toddler Development
- 2.1 Infancy: Physical & Cognitive Development
- 2.2 Infancy: Emotional & Social Development
- 2.3 Toddler: Physical & Cognitive Development
- 2.4 Toddler: Emotional & Social Development
- Unit 3: Preschool and School Age Children
- 3.1 Preschool Age: Physical & Cognitive Development
- 3.2 Preschool: Emotional & Social Development
- 3.3 School Age: Physical & Cognitive Development
- 3.4 School Age: Emotional & Social Development
- Unit 4: Special Needs, Safety, and Careers
- 4.1 Keeping Children Safe
- 4.2 Children with Special needs
- 4.3 Working with Children
Within each section students will find the following tasks to view or complete:
- Section Checklist—an outline of tasks for each section
- Lesson—multimedia lessons about the section topic
- Field Trip—links to online sites and articles with additional information
- Reflection*—a journal reflecting on material learned
- Discussion*—asynchronous class discussion about an assigned topic
- Assignment*—section assignment
- Vocab Check—flash-card activity to aid with vocabulary comprehension
- Quiz*—assessment of lesson comprehension
The items noted with an asterisk above are those that must be submitted for a grade.
A unit exam will be found at the end of every unit, as well as a comprehensive final exam at the end of the course.
There are 16 sections in this course. Each section is designed to be completed in about one week’s time. However, students may take more or less time as needed. A recommended pacing guide is provided within the course.
Parent & Teacher Guides
Parent and teacher guides available.
There are no required materials for this course.
An internet connection and computer or tablet hardware is required. Software requirements include a PDF reader, and a word-processing application (such as Word). Free downloadable software is available for each of these.