Child & Adolescent Development


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Child & Adolescent Development

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Our Child and Adolescent Development course encourages students to use current research to think critically about developmental theories and practices. You will explore which nutritional, physical, parental, educational, societal, and other factors will lead to optimal physical, cognitive, and psychosocial outcomes for the next generation of children. Whether you have children of your own, or are interested in a career with children or adolescents, this is an ideal choice to help you learn more. Our curriculum will provide a thorough introduction on the various levels of child and adolescent development.

Prerequisite(s): None


After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • Identify historical and current perspectives of child development as well as various research methods
  • Recall the basics of genetic foundations as well as stages of development from conception to birth
  • Recognize the elements of physical development and ways to stay healthy
  • List theories of intelligence, cognitive and language development, as well as steps for information processing
  • Define the processes for the development of emotions, moral development, attachment, development of gender and play 

Child & Adolescent Development Module 1
Introduction to Child Development

  • Domains and Periods of Development
  • Historical Development
  • Theoretical Foundations
  • Psychoanalytic Perspective
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Learning Theory
  • Cognitive Perspective
  • Contextual Perspective
  • Biological Perspective
  • Dynamic Systems Perspective

Child & Adolescent Development Module 2
Understanding the Issues: Child Development Research  

  • Issues in Development
  • Nature and Nurture
  • Child Development Research
  • Research Methods
  • Correlational Research
  • Experimental Method
  • Developmental Research Designs
  • Longitudinal and Cross-Sectional Study
  • Challenging Conclusions

Child & Adolescent Development Module 3
Genetics, Conception and Prenatal Development

  • Genetic Foundations
  • Types of Genes
  • Genetic Abnormalities
  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Fetal Period
  • Prenatal Influences
  • Prenatal Tests
  • Infertility and Reproductive Choices
  • Adoption

Child & Adolescent Development Module 4
Birth and the Newborn

  • Variations in Birthing Practices
  • Delivery Options
  • Stages of Childbirth
  • Newborn Assessment
  • Pre-term and Low Birth Weight
  • Early Infant Care
  • Infant Nutrition and Health
  • Infant States of Arousal
  • Infant Perception

Child & Adolescent Development Module 5
Physical Development

  • General Patterns of Growth
  • Neuropsychology
  • Brain Development
  • Increased Complexity in Neural Organization
  • Maturation
  • Bowel and Bladder Control
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Vision and Speech
  • Puberty

Child & Adolescent Development Module 6
Health and Safety

  • Mortality and Prevention Efforts
  • Safety in Childhood and Adolescence
  • Illnesses
  • Diabetes
  • Asthma
  • Nutrition and Activity
  • Malnutrition
  • Overweight and Obesity in Childhood
  • Eating Disorders

Child & Adolescent Development Module 7
Cognitive Development

  • Piaget’s Cognitive Development Theory
  • Stages of Cognitive Development
  • Evaluation of Theory
  • Sociocultural Theory
  • Social Constructivism
  • Zone of Proximal Development
  • Scaffolding
  • Learning in Context

Child & Adolescent Development Module 8
Cognitive Development: Information Processing

  • Information-Processing Approach
  • Memory Systems
  • Fuzzy Trace Theory
  • Memory Development Through Childhood
  • Attention
  • Executive Function
  • Cognitive Development in the Classroom
  • Metacognition

Child & Adolescent Development Module 9
Language Development

  • Theories of Language Development
  • Learning Theory
  • Language Development and the Brain
  • Fundamentals of Language Production
  • Oral Communication
  • Receptive Language
  • Language Development in Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • The Role of Speech in Cognition
  • Literacy Skills

Child & Adolescent Development Module 10
Intelligence and Developmental Disabilities in Education

  • Intelligence: Nature and Nurture
  • Traditional Intelligence Testing
  • Sternberg’s Triarchic Theory
  • Gardner’s Theory of Multiple Intelligences
  • Extremes of Intelligence
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Gifted and Talented
  • Developmental Disabilities and Education
  • Learning Disabilities

Child & Adolescent Development Module 11
The Developing Personality: Emotions and Temperament

  • Development of Emotions
  • Positive Emotions
  • Negative Emotions
  • Social Referencing
  • Empathy
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Temperament
  • Infant Temperament
  • Depression

Child & Adolescent Development Module 12
The Self and Moral Development

  • Foundations: Erikson’s Stages of Psychosocial Development
  • Expansion of Erikson’s Theory
  • Development of Self
  • Self-Awareness
  • Self-Concept and Self-Esteem
  • Ethnic Identity
  • Lawrence Kohlberg’s Theory of Moral Development
  • Carol Gilligan’s Approach

Child & Adolescent Development Module 13
Attachment, Parenting and Families

  • Attachment
  • Parenting
  • Cultural and Contextual Variations in Parenting and Discipline
  • Spanking
  • Physical Punishment
  • Child Maltreatment and Abuse
  • Family and Home Environment
  • Secular Changes
  • Blended Families

Child & Adolescent Development Module 14
Gender and Sexuality

  • Development of Gender
  • Physical Activity of Boys and Girls in Childhood
  • Differences in School Achievement and Learning
  • Romantic Relationships and LGBT Teens
  • Psychological Effects of Puberty
  • Sex
  • Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • A Global Perspective

Child & Adolescent Development Module 15
Play, Peers, School and Media

  • Preschool
  • High/Scope Perry Preschool Project
  • National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
  • Play
  • Friendships and Peer Groups
  • Peer Acceptance
  • Bullying
  • Substance Abuse
  • Media and the Internet

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2013 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • The Kindle Reader App or VitalSource Bookshelf App are needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player


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900 West Orman Avenue
Pueblo, CO 81004
United States
Phone: 727-824-7800 ext. 8

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