EDUC141 Practical Psychology for the Childcare Worker

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Education

I. Course Number and Title
EDUC141 Practical Psychology for the Childcare Worker
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
An exploration of the interpersonal and affective skills necessary for the childcare worker to interact with children, parents, and co-workers. Included is an overview of child development, communication skills, and the recognition of the childcare worker as a professional. Emphasis placed on dealing positively with stresses peculiar to children and adults in the childcare setting.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will be able to:

    1. describe the effects of childcare on young children, their parents, and the childcare worker;
    2. describe the developmental phases in the young child;
    3. design developmentally appropriate activities for young children;
    4. develop a behavior management program that is developmentally appropriate; and
    5. develop appropriate solutions for common childhood behavior problems.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Introduction
      1. Effects of child care on young children and caregivers
      2. A historical perspective on daycare
    2. Development of infants and toddlers
      1. Cognitive development
      2. Motor development
      3. Social/Emotional development
      4. Language development
    3. Development of preschool children
      1. Cognitive development
      2. Motor development
      3. Social/Emotional development
      4. Language development
    4. Positive guidance and discipline techniques
    5. Family life and concerns
      1. Cooperating with parents
      2. Effective communication with parents
    6. Interaction with co-workers
      1. Working as a team
      2. Conflict resolution
    7. Frequently encountered discipline problems
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Departmentally-selected textbook. Articles from education journals. Details provided by the instructor of each course section. See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 4/99; New Core 8/2015