EDUC120 Early Learning and Development I - Ages Birth - 5

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC120 Early Learning and Development I - Ages Birth - 5
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information

Five hours of observation required.
Pennsylvania Department of Education clearances required.

VI. Catalog Course Description
This course explores child development in the cognitive, language, physical, emotional, and social domains within a theoretical and research framework for children from birth to five years of age. Students examine the influences of cultural diversity, family, and education on early learning and development. Five hours of observation required.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. demonstrate a knowledge of the theories, research, and controversies in child development;
    2. identify the cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional growth and development of the child from birth through age five;
    3. describe the influence of heredity on development and conception, environmental influences on prenatal development, and the stages of childbirth; and
    4. explain the origins of adult behavior, sex differences, gender roles, and the effects of culture on development.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. theory and research in child development
      1. history, theory, and research strategies
      2. observation strategies
    2. foundations of development
      1. biological and environmental foundations
        1. genetics, understanding the relationships between heredity and environment
      2. prenatal development
        1. prenatal environmental influences, preparing for parenthood
      3. birth to the newborn baby
        1. stages of childbirth, approaches to childbirth, birth complications, newborn capabilities
    3. infancy and toddlerhood
      1. cognitive development
      2. language development
      3. physical development
      4. emotional and social development
    4. early childhood: two to five years
      1. physical development in early childhood
      2. language development in early childhood
      3. cognitive development in early childhood
      4. emotional and social development in early childhood
    5. children with special needs
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    The assessment of course learning goals will be based on participation in classroom discussions, written exams, assignments, papers, observation [5 hours], and performance based tasks and projects.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Revision / Approval Date: 7/2010; New Core 8/2015