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Administrative Unit: Education Department
Course Prefix and Number: EDUC 391
Course Title: *Child Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description:

The study of children from conception to puberty. Students study maturational and environmental factors that shape the physical, cognitive, and social development of the child. Cross-listed as PSYC 391. Prerequisite: PSYC 101. Offered Fall.

Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PSYC 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

By Rathus, S (Cengage)
Child Development
By Feldman, R.S. (Prentice Hall)
Course Objectives

  • To understand how students learn, develop, and differ in their approaches to learning. (MoSPE 2)
  • To provide learning opportunities that are adapted to diverse learners and that support the intellectural, social, and personal development of all students. (MoSPE 2)

    Measurable Learning Outcomes:

    • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of principles of human development.
    • Demonstrates a basic knowledge of theories of learning.
    • Demonstrates an understanding that students differ in their approaches to learning.
    • Identifies how students' prior experiences, learning styles, multiple intelligences, strengths, and needs impact learning.
    • Explains how students' language, culture, family, and community impact learning.

    Topical Outline:

    • Developmental theory
    • The role of heredity and environment
    • Conception
    • Prenatal development
    • Birth
    • Neonatal physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development
    • Infant physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development
    • Early childhood physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development
    • Middle childhood physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development
    • Adolescence: the end of childhood


    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 20

    Library Resources:

    Online databases are available at http://www.ccis.edu/offices/library/index.asp. You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

    Prepared by: Kristi Miller Date: September 17, 2013
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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