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Child Development

Course Number: HEC 226
Transcript Title: Child Development
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: May 8, 2014
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit


WR 115, RD 115, MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores

Course Description

Basic theories, research and principles of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. Includes observation and classroom processes. Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

  1. Articulate normal growth and development using theories and principles of child development.
  2. Express verbally and in writing how culture, environment and heredity influence children's development.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Express an understanding of a child development with other students in class discussions and reflective writing.
  • Integrate child development theories and principles in written observations of children.
  • Write an exam that demonstrates acquired knowledge of child development.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Process Skills

  • Read the text and supporting materials
  • Communicate effectively in small groups
  • Reflect on and identify own personal development during childhood years
  • Observe and interview children objectively
  • Write descriptively and analytically

Concepts, Issues, Themes

  • Theories of Child Development
  • Domains of Development
  • Social-Emotional
    • Cognitive-Creative
    • Physical
    • Language
  • Periods of Development
    • Pre-natal
    • Infancy
    • Early Childhood
    • Middle Childhood
    • Adolescence
  • Environmental, social/cultural and inherited factors that affect development

Department Notes

  • NAEYC standards that relate to HEC 226 are: Standard 1.  Promoting Child Development and Learning, 
  • Core Knowledge categories: Human Growth & Development (HGD), Health, Safety, & Nutrition (HSN), Diversity (DIV)