Child Development


Cognitive, cultural, emotional, physical, social, and language development of children from birth through adolescence; various learning theories and their implications for the timing of instruction and developmental implications for teaching the whole child. Course is offered for credit/no credit.                          

Satisfies the school of education’s Child Development or Human Growth and Development course prerequisite and State of California standards for entrance in teaching credential programs.

Student learning outcomes are aligned with the knowledge and performance standards established by the State of California.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Basic knowledge of how human change and develop - socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively from conception through early adulthood.
  2. Cultural and social contexts of development.
  3. The ways in which development impacts learning and language development.
  4. Major theories of development.
  5. How brain research impacts current knowledge of growth and development and its implications for classroom practice.


Students will demonstrate their learning by:

  1. Successfully completing a series of activities and personal analysis exploring learning, language, culture, and developmental change.
  2. Participating in observations of children, via video unless otherwise arranged, and writing field observations of children and writing field observation notes.
  3. Analyzing significant social problems related to child growth and development in culture contexts.
  4. Participating with professionalism in all class activities and discussions. Includes timeliness, collegiality and preparation for class.

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