Professional Certificate in Child Development

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

This course will provide students with an understanding of the major theories of child and adolescent development. It will examine the research methods appropriate to the study of development. In addition, it will look at the overview of issues in child development within the cross-cultural and multi-cultural contexts.

Course Outline

Topics in Part 1
  • Prenatal Development, Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development & Birth
  • Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, & Motor Development
  • The Emergence of Thought & Language: Cognitive Dev. in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Off To School: Cognitive & Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Rites of Passage: Physical & Cognitive Development In Adolescence
  • Being with Others: Relationships in Young & Middle Adulthood
  • Working & Relaxing
  • Making It in Midlife: The Bio psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
  • The Personal Context of Later Life: Cognitive, & Mental Health Issues
  • Social Aspects of Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, & Social Issues
  • Dying & Bereavement
Topics in Part 2
  • Studying the Young Child – Brief History & Theories
  • How Play, Technology & Digital Media, & Disabilities Affect Learning
  • Factors Affecting Learning
  • Infant Cognitive and Affective Development
  • The Toddler: Autonomy Development
  • Physical and Motor Development
  • Oral and Written Language Development
  • How Adults Enrich Language and Concept Development
  • Affective Development
  • How Adults Support Affective Development
  • Preschool to Primary School: Bridging the Gap into the Primary Grades
  • Primary Grade Child Development

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Trainer Profile

Our Lecturers

All our lecturers are selected based on their subject expertise, experience and dedication. They are required to possess at least a Masters in their subject expertise. With their years of work experience, they will also be able to illustrate topics in class with real world examples. We are committed to provide a high standard of service by promoting an environment conductive to student learning through a low student-teacher ratio of 30:1. Currently, we have 50 adjunct lecturers.

Details of our lecturers can be found on our website.