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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 Learning Outcomes
  1. Knows and identifies child/adolescent developmental stages and uses this knowledge to adapt instruction. (2.1)
  2. Applies knowledge of the theory of learning in all aspects instructional design. (2.3)
  3. Can plan learning activities to address students’ prior experiences, learning styles, multiple intelligences, strengths, and needs in order to positively impact learning. (2.5)
  4. Demonstrates an understanding that instruction should be connected to students’ prior experiences and family, culture, and community. (2.6)
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
  • Developmental theory
  • The role of heredity and environment
  • Conception
  • Prenatal development
  • Birth
  • Neonatal physical, cognitive, and socialemotional 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: 25

Library Resources:

Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Prepared by: Kristina Clevenger Date: November 29, 2016
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 learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section. 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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