District Syllabus
Child Development

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description:
Focuses on the physical, cognitive, emotional and social theories of 
how children grow and develop. This course examines the role of 
adults in promoting optimum development of children and is of 
special interest to parents, educators,nurses, social workers and 
counselors. This course fulfills a portion of the required 120 hours 
of training for the Florida Child Care Professional Credential 
(FCCPC) and includes 10-clock hours of observations.              
Required Materials:
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: None
Program Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to discuss stages and apply theories of
development in each successive stage of childhood. Students will 
also be able to discuss current topics and issues regarding the 
child development and parenting.
Course Learning Outcomes:
The student will:

1. Explain the nature, scope, and key issues in the field of child 

2. Identify major theories in child development.

3. Describe the findings of current research regarding the 
challenges associated with poverty, special needs and disabilities, 
and gender roles on development of children

4. Identify genetic and environmental influences which occur during 
prenatal development.

5. Describe the birth process including complications, their causes, 
effects and treatments.

6. Identify terms and discuss characteristics of physical,
cognitive, language and social/emotional development during
the infant and toddler years, preschool, school age years.

7. Identify the process of linguistic and language development 
throughout childhood and adolescence including how it pertains to 
children for whom English is not the first language.

8. Describe how children develop a sense of racial identity and 
gender during childhood and adolescence.

9. Define the influence of culture diversity regarding parenting 
styles and communication between parents and professionals working 
with children.

10. Identify resources for meeting the needs of children, 
particularly those with disabilities or associated with abuse and 
Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning 
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the 
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. 
Detailed explanation is included in the expanded syllabus developed 
by the instructor for each section being taught.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.

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Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.

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