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EDUC-111 Child Growth and Development

Through the study of the early childhood and elementary years, the student will be able to describe the language, cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of young children, birth to 12 years. Instruction will focus on theories of child development, research methods, and developmental milestones. Knowledge learned in this course can be applied to parenting and to careers in early childhood and elementary education. A 15-hour field experience observation of children in the community is required outside of class time. This course meets the Maryland State Department of Education Child Development requirement for an initial certificate in Early Childhood Education and Elementary Education. This course meets the MSDE Human Growth and Development requirement for Generic Special Education Infant/Primary, and Generic Special Education Elementary/ Middle. This course fulfills Part 1 of (2 parts) of the Child Care Certificate required for Child Care Teacher-Preschool. (EDUC-112 is required to complete the Child Care Certificate.)

Prerequisites    none
InstructorVickie Williams

Course Objectives | Major Course Topics | Course Format | Orientation | Course Requirements | Materials |

Course Objectives

Once you have completed this course you will be able to discuss:

  1. Identify indicators of development through observations.
  2. Recognize developmental level of child based on observing child behavior and recognize importance of these issues in curriculum and instructional materials.
  3. Identify and explain the major components of the major approaches to learning.
  4. Define and explain culture, privilege and oppression.
  5. Discuss how culture, privilege and oppression influence growth and development.
  6. Discuss the role of family in society.
  7. Discuss how individuals fulfill family roles.
  8. Name major categories of exceptionalities (special needs) in learning- including learning disabilities, visual and perceptual difficulties, and special physical or mental challenges.
  9. Recognize the multiplicity of individual differences among students – including learning styles, strengths, needs, and worldview.
  10. Recognize research and/or theories on how culture and experience affect responses to exceptionalities and individual differences among students.
  11. List current standardized instruments that determine exceptionalities and individual differences.
  12. Explain how class differences, race, and language impact learning.
  13. Describe accommodations teachers may make for differences in language and culture.
  14. Define, explain, give examples of critical thinking, problem solving and performance skills.
  15. Understand the similarities and differences in human development, etiologies of various disabilities, characteristics of diverse learners, and educational implications of diverse cultural and learning differences.
  16. Understand the effects an exceptional condition can have on an individual’s learning in school and throughout life.
  17. Understand the typical and atypical language development across diverse cultures and familiarity with augmentative, alternative, and assistive technologies to support and enhance communication of individuals with disabilities.

Major Course Topics

  • Biological Foundations of Development
  • Prenatal Development
  • Birth and the Newborn
  • Infancy and Toddlerhood: Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional/Social Development
  • Early Childhood: Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional/Social Development
  • Middle Childhood: Physical, Cognitive, and Emotional/Social Development
  • Theory and Research

Course Format

This course format includes but is not limited to the following:

  • There is a lot of material to cover this semester. The key to success is to keep up and submit your work on time. Therefore, this course is not self-paced as an assignment is due every week. Assignments may be submitted early.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Does require threaded discussions online.
  • The communication in the class will take place through Canvas emails, online threaded discussions and announcements posted on Canvas.
  • The course material is sequential.
  • There is a specific timeline for the completion of each assignment in this class.
  • By electing to take this class online, you are assuming responsibility for your own learning complete assignments in order to learn the course material.
  • This class does not require on-campus meetings.
  • Exams which must be taken in the HCC Test Center. (More information is provided on Canvas)


This course does not have a face-to-face orientation.  There is a required orientation that you will complete online.

Course Requirements

  • Review the “Frequently Asked Question” section of the eLearning Homepage.
  • Online Discussions
  • Two exams, consisting of multiple choice and short-answer questions
  • Homework assignments
  • Written observations of young children of specific ages

Texts and Materials

Berk, Laura (2012) Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood. Pearson Education

Allen & Marotz (2009) Developmental Profiles: Prebirth Through Twelve. Delmar

To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Information link. 

The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Google Chrome, Firefox or Safari.  NOTE: There have been reported difficulties when using internet Explorer with Canvas.
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Word Viewer, if you don't have the full version of Microsoft Word
  • Windows Media Player
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Flash
  • Quick Time
  • Real Player

If you have any questions or comments about this course, please send a message to Vickie Williams,

Last updated on 08-May-14

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