Course DescriptionThis online course introduces students to major theoretical frameworks in the field of child development, including constructivist (Piaget) socio-cultural (Vygotsky), psycho-analytic (Freud), social learning (Bandura), and the explanatory power and weakness of each approach. Students are provided with opportunities to learn the fundamentals of children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development, from the prenatal period through adolescence. Students learn about challenging life experiences that influence child development, such as birth trauma, disabilities, and acute or chronic illness. Students learn to apply different theories of cognitive development to practice with children of differing ages, experiences, needs, and abilities, specifically in ways that relate to the field of child life.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
- Define various aspects of children’s development, from the prenatal period through adolescence
- Apply theoretical perspectives to the study of child development and growth
- Interpret the observations in relation to cognitive theory and research
- Analyze child development case studies related to the field of child life
Applies Towards the Following Certificates
- Child Life (ONLINE) : Electives (16 units)