Professional Certificate in Child Development

Arium School of Arts & Sciences

Course introduction

Understanding Child Development is a valuable tool for social service professionals, special educators, parents and others who require a practical understanding of young children.The module in introduces us to the uniqueness of young children and how to work with children in a way that corresponds to their developmental level and social and cultural environment. Students will be introduced to learning theories and research as well as information about the importance of play and technology in young children’s learning process.

Course Benefits

Learning outcomes
The learner will:
Assessment criteria
The learner can:
  • Comprehend young children’s characteristics and needs from birth to age of 8 years.
  • To assess the developmental path of child development?
  • To discuss the multiple influences on development and learning?
  • To explore the important components in planning, implementing and evaluating a classroom experience.
  • Know and understand the effective strategies for early education including technology and play.
  • Explain the advantages of inclusion for children with Special Needs.
  • Discuss how developmental theories support the value of play.
  • Describe the features of learning and how learning occurs
  • Explain how perception is a critical aspect of learning
  • Understanding positive relationships and supportive interactions as the foundation of work with children.
  • Explain how adults can provide creative experiences for children’s language, literacy, and concept development.
  • Discuss how appropriate teaching supports concept and language instructions?
  • Understanding of the importance of a respectful and safe community and reciprocal relationships with families.
  • Describe the various aspects of peer relationship.
  • Explain the value of inclusion and socialization for young children with disabilities.
  • Identify the various theories of social development

Course Pre-Requisites

Curricular Relationships:
This course is offered to satisfy general education requirements.

Course Procedures:
Grading Scale:
Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:

A 90–100
B 80-89
C 70-79
D 60-69
F 0-59

Assignments 40%
There will be 4 assignments. The student is required to answer a series of short answer questions, taken from the text, and turn them into the instructor, in typed form, the following week. 100 points for each assignment and 40% of total grade.
Assignment (Essay) 20%
Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment. This essay assignment will constitute 20% of your final grade in this subject.
Please address the following questions in your essay and make specific relevant links to developmental theories and research.
Your close friends just had a baby and they are wondering when their baby will begin talking. They have been trying to prompt the baby by repeatedly saying “Mama” and “Papa” to the baby.
Outline the course of language development during the first year of life and briefly state when babies will begin talking.
Guidelines for the essay assignment:
  • 3 to 5 pages long
  • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1’’margins
  • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar
  • References to be provided using the APA guidelines
Note about References:
  • Your content research should not be from 1 single source or 1 single source type (i.e. it cannot be all from the internet)
  • Note: Wikipedia cannot be considered as one of the references
Exams 40%
There is mid-term (20%) and final exams (20%), consisting of essay questions and short answer questions. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.
Required Readings:Of Children – An Introduction to Child Development (with InfoTrac), by Guy R. Lefrancois, 9th Edition.
Textbook is required. The instructor will, however, refer to many sources, including other textbooks and references during the course.
Any Issues Unique to this Course: N/A
Additional Issues of the Department’s Choosing: N/A
Syllabus Statement Regarding Course Adaptations or Accommodations: Refer to Coursework Policies
Academic Conduct
Intellectual honesty is essential to the success of the course and your studies in general. Plagiarism and any other kind of cheating will not be tolerated. If you have any questions about what is allowed and what is not allowed under the Academic Conduct policy, rather than guess please consult with the instructor or check the school catalog.
As a student in this class, you acknowledge:
Your responsibility for abiding by the Academic Conduct policies;
Understand the policies apply to both individual and group assignments; and
Your understanding of academic dishonesty and the penalties for academic dishonesty.

Course Outline

Topics in Part 1
  • The Study of Human Development
  • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development and birth
  • The Emergence of thought and language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Entering the social world: Socio-emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
  • Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Expanding Social Horizons: Socio-emotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
  • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socio-emotional Development in Adolescence
  • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive and Personality Development in Young Adulthood
  • Being with Other: Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood
  • Making it in Middle: The bio-psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
  • The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health Issues
  • Social Aspects of Later Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship and Societal Issues
  • Dying and Bereavement
Topics in Part 2
  • Studying the Young Child – Brief History & Theories
  • How Play, Technology & Digital Media, & Disabilities Affect Learning
  • Factors Affecting Learning
  • Infancy: Theory, Environment, Health & Motor Skills
  • Infant Cognitive & Affective Development
  • The Cognitive System, Concept Development and Intelligence
  • Oral and Written Language Development
  • How Adults Enrich Language and Concept Development
  • Effective Development
  • How Adults Support Affective Development
  • Preschool to Primary School: Bridging the Gap
  • 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. A brief profile of some of our lecturers is given below.

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