Courses in Child Development

Professional Relations in EC Careers

CDEV 1200     3.00 Credits
This course explores career opportunities for working with children in a variety of child development programs. The course also examines job requirements, duties, regulations, issues, skills, and personal characteristics for becoming successful professionals in early childhood settings. (Prerequisites: None)

Child Growth and Development

CDEV 1210     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is the first in a series of courses that is required for a certificate, diploma, or degree in Child Development Careers. The course provides an overview of typical and atypical child development across cultures, from prenatal through school age. It includes physical, social, emotional, language, cognitive, aesthetic, and identity/individual development. This course integrates developmental theory with appropriate practices in a variety of early childhood care and educational settings. (Prerequisites: None)

Health, Safety & Nutrition

CDEV 1220     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will guide the student in obtaining skills needed to establish and maintain a physically and psychologically safe and healthy learning environment for young children. Topics include preventing illness and accidents, handling emergencies, providing health, safety, and nutrition educational experiences, meeting children's basic nutritional needs, child abuse and, current health-related issues. This course does NOT include CPR or first aid certification. (Prerequisites: None)

Guiding Children's Behavior

CDEV 1230     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course examines positive child guidance techniques for individual and group situations. Emphasis on problem prevention and positive guidance strategies, communication, setting limits, problem solving and behavior modification. Examines ways to establish supportive relationships with children and guide them in order to enhance learning, development, and well-being. (Prerequisites: None)

Working with Diverse Families and Children

CDEV 1240     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
Examines how to work with many types of families. Investigates the importance of the family/school partnership, study methods of effectively communicating with families, and identify community organizations and networks that support families. Various classroom strategies will be explored emphasizing culturally and linguistically appropriate anti-bias approaches supporting all children in becoming competent members of a diverse society. (Prerequisites: None)

Observation and Assessment 1

CDEV 1260     1.00 Credits
This course introduces students to the most common observation methods used in early childhood programs. It will explore the fundamentals of using observation and evaluation techniques. (Prerequisites: None)

Learning Environment & Curriculum

CDEV 1270     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course presents an overview of skills to provide appropriate learning environments for young children. It examines the role of the teacher in providing learning experiences to meet each child's needs, capabilities, and interests, and ways to implement the principles of developmentally appropriate practices. (Prerequisite: None)

Infant-Toddler Development and Learning Experiences

CDEV 1310     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will examine infant and toddler development as it applies to early childhood educational settings. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, analyze development, correlate prenatal conditions with development, summarize child development theories, analyze the role of heredity and the environment, examine research-based curriculum models, and examine culturally and developmentally appropriate environments for infants and toddlers. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Preschool Development and Learning Experiences

CDEV 1312     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of preschool theory and development in home or center-based settings. Students will integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

School Age Development and Learning Experiences

CDEV 1314     4.00 Credits
This course provides an overview of school-age theory and development in home or center-based settings. Students will integrate knowledge of developmental needs, developmentally appropriate environments, effective caregiving, teaching strategies, and observation methods. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Planning and Implementing Curriculum

CDEV 1340     4.00 Credits
This course examines the role of the teacher in early childhood settings. It applies the knowledge of child development as it relates to individual children, communities, curriculum, and communication activities. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Observation and Assessment 2

CDEV 2210     2.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course focuses on the appropriate use of assessment and observation strategies to document development, growth, play and learning to join with families and professionals in promoting children's success. Recording strategies, rating systems, multiple assessment tools and portfolios are explored. There will be a focus on increasing objectivity in observing and interpreting children's behavior, observing developmental characteristics and increasing the awareness of normal patterns of behavior. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1260)

Children with Differing Abilities

CDEV 2310     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course examines the development of children with differing abilities. Students will integrate strategies that support diversity and anti-bias perspectives, providing inclusive programs for children, apply legal and ethical requirements including ADA and IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Exploration of differing abilities of children with physical, cognitive, health/medical, communication, and/or emotional/behavioral disorders, adapt curriculum to meet the needs of children with developmental differences, and cultivate partnerships with families who have children with differing abilities. (Prerequisites: CDEV 1210)

Internship

CDEV 2510     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course is designed to provide the student with a purposeful occupational experience in the Child Development and Family Services field. Each internship is an individualized experience. Site selection is based on each student's area of interest in conjunction with the instructor's approval to provide experience related to the skills and knowledge acquired in the program. The focus of the Child Development program is to allow students to integrate and apply skills and knowledge gained in the actual work environment. (Prerequisite: Instructor approval must be granted)

Children with Challenging Behaviors

CDEV 2520     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course supports students' understanding of children's behavioral problems and identifies intervention strategies to prevent and resolve problem behaviors. Effective behavior modification techniques and designing behavior plans will be explored. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1230)

Curriculum Planning

CDEV 2530     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an advanced level of curriculum planning. Emphasis is on organizing, implementing, and evaluating developmentally appropriate curricula. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1270)

Cognitive Development

CDEV 2550     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of cognitive and multimedia learning experiences in either home, school, or center-based settings. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote curiosity, attention, perception, memory, problem solving, logical thinking, and media literacy. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Language and Literacy Development

CDEV 2560     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of language and literacy learning experiences in home, school, or center-based settings. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote literacy, conversation, literature, literacy, and bilingualism. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Social-Emotional Development and Learning

CDEV 2590     3.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course provides an overview of social-emotional learning experiences. Students integrate knowledge of child development, learning environments, and teaching methods to promote emotional development, moral development, self concept, self esteem, social skills, diversity awareness, and social studies. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1210)

Professional Leadership

CDEV 2600     3.00 Credits
This course prepares students to take an active/advocate role in the child development profession by examining the history, current trends, and future of child care and early childhood education. (Prerequisites: CDEV 1210; Recommended ENGL 100)

Program Planning

CDEV 2640     3.00 Credits
This course provides an advanced level exploration of program management skills for teachers of young children. Emphasis is on organizing, implementing, and evaluating a quality, comprehensive child care program plan. (Prerequisite: CDEV 1340 or concurrent)

Internship II

CDEV 2810     3.00 Credits
This course provides an opportunity to apply knowledge and skill in an early childhood setting. Students implement a variety of learning experiences that are developmentally appropriate for and culturally sensitive to a specific age and group of children. (Prerequisites: CDEV 2510)

Management of Child Care Programs

CDEV 2910     3.00 Credits
This class will discuss a variety of management topics related to early childhood education. It will look at the importance of well-written policies and procedures, how to demonstrate effective leadership, how to build a strong team, and using interpersonal communication skills. (Prerequisites: CDEV majors only)

Strategies for Staff Development

CDEV 2920     3.00 Credits
Students will learn the basics in recruiting, interviewing, training, evaluating, reprimanding and retaining employees. This class will also discuss record keeping and documentation as it relates to personnel management. (Prerequisites: CDEV majors only)

Financial Aspects in Child Care Administration

CDEV 2930     3.00 Credits
This class will discuss a variety of financial management areas: payroll and compensation, cost analysis, budgeting, grant writing and fundraising. Students will also learn how to create a variety of financial documents. (Prerequisites: CDEV majors only)

Managing Multiple Sites

CDEV 2940     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
This course will examine challenges unique to managing multiple sites. It provides practical information and tools to help managers close the communication gaps created by distance, and get peak performance from employees they don't see everyday. (Prerequisites: CDEV majors only)

Practicum Project

CDEV 2990     1.00 Credits
Course Outline
During this project you will gain a broad view of program quality in an early childhood setting from an organizational perspective, learn how to administer and score the Program Administration Scale, learn how to analyze the results of the PAS and structure program improvements based on these results. (Prerequisite: Instructor Approval)