This concentration level course is a study of the physical, perceptual, cognitive, personality, and language developmental stages of children from conception through adolescence, including the principle theories of development and their application. The need for an understanding of how children develop and what influences their development is an important component of contributing to the demands of our complex society. Students will develop an understanding of children and the developmental process through readings, case studies, observations, individual research projects and group project work. Active class participation is enhanced by limited community classroom placement under the guidance of a mentor teacher. All students are required to observe and/or participate in settings and classrooms at the preschool/primary/elementary or middle/junior high levels at the end of the Spring semester.
About the Team: This structure of this course and the materials contained within it were created by a team of educators from across the state with support from the CTE Online curriculum leadership team and detailed coordination provided by the Course Specialist Pat Peck.
From CALPADS: Intermediate Child Development (Concentrator)
This concentration course prepares students to understand children's physical, mental, emotional, and social growth and development, as well as provide for their care and guidance. Instruction includes prenatal developments; research theories in human growth and development from prenatal stages of development to puberty and beyond; inherited characteristics; health and safety; guidance and discipline; cultural diversity; child abuse and neglect; and children with special needs. This course provides a solid foundation for any career that involves working with children, including child care and education.
|Occupation Name||Occupation Code|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education||25-2012.00|
|Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education||25-2011.00|
|Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education||25-2021.00|
|Social and Human Service Assistants Bright Outlook|
|Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education|
|Elementary School Teachers, including Special Education|
Upon completion of this course, students will:
The Developing Child, Holly Brisbane, Glencoe Co, 2006, (ISBN: 0-07-868969-4)
Working With Young Children, Judy Herr, The Goodheart Willcox Co. Inc., 2008 (ISBN: 978-1-59070-813-2)
Chiildren, The Early Years, Celia Decker, The Goodheart Willcox Co, Inc, 2006, (ISBN: 1-59070-546-7)
Child Development, Celia Anita Decker, The Goodheart Willcox Co. Inc., 2011 (ISBN: 978-1-60525-293-3)
Curriculum Frameworks and other supporting materials
Exploring Child Development, Transaction and Transformation, Richard Fabes & Carol Lynn Martin, Copyright 2000 by Allyn & Bacon
Fundamentals of Early Childhood Education, George Morrison, Pearson/Merrill, 5th Edition, 2008
This unit will introduce the study of Child Development to students. It will provide students with an overview of what is covered in Child Development, the importance of study, the uniqueness of children, and how interactions influence behavior and development.
Instructional Hours: 5
Students will understand the function of the family as a basic unit of society and the contributionsof the family unit to the developmenf of individuals. Students will describe the roles of parents in all areas of the development of children. Family types, the family life cycle, and parenting styles will be studied.
Students will study prenatal development including study from conception to birth, nature vs. nuture, and environmental considerations in prenatal development. This unit will include options in chidbirth and the birth process.
Instructional Hours: 5
Study will include growth and development from birth through age twelve. Emphasis will include cognitive, social, language, personality and physical development
Students will learn the characteristics of children at different ages. This unit will give an overview of children's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. Students will learn how to differientiate their teaching skills to fit the developmental needs and interests of children at different ages. Students will also develop their observation skills. Techniques for objectively observing and recording children's behavior will be described and practiced.
Study of the growth and development of children and adolescents in the areas of physical, cognitive, language, personality, emotional and social development . Study will include sequences and patterns of development, influence of heredity and environment. Students will also examine theories of development including Piaget, Gardner, Montessori, Erikson, and Maslow
This unit is designed to help students understand the roles of positive interaction, guidance and discipline in the family and educational environment.
Instructional Hours: 10
Students will study of the development of self-esteem and factors that influence this. They will gain insight into how to help children develop good self-esteem at all ages studied. The relationship of guidance to the development of self discipline and fostering positive self-concept is studied.
This unit will include study of infant, preschool and school age nutritional requirements, meal planing, requirements of menu planning in preschools and elementary schools, how to teach children to make good choices in nutrition, good health practices, safety requirements in the preschool and elementary school, and safety education at these levels.
Students will gain the understanding and apply the principles and practices of good nutrition, health, and safety for infants and children. In order to meet program goals students will learn how food is used by the body, and nutriets and their sources. Students will develop meal plans and food experiences for early childhood programs.
This unit will include examination of resources avail able and selection of appropriate learning experiences for children through school age. Study will include learning theories, age appropriate activities, and objective writing and lesson development.
The student will select,develop, and teach lessons in the areas of language arts, mathematics, science, art, nutrition, music and social science.
Instructional Hours: 20
This unit will allow students the opportunity to select books appropriate to children through school age and develop storytelling skills.
This unit includes an overview of the stages of play, toy selection and safety, development as affected through play, electronic games and the internet and their effects on development.
Instructional Hours: 15
Study will focus on children with special needs: types of special needs, the challenges of meeting these needs, and the impact on the family.
This unit will give students an overview of specific challenges in the family including divorce, single parenting, serious illness, family separation due to deployment, adoption, death, and multiple births. Students will select one challenge to explore in depth throgh research and interview.
Students will develop skills in observation techniques of children. They will practice observation in preschools and elementary schools.
Instructional Hours: 10
Students will explore career and employment opportunities and identify skills and requirements necessary for entry into the field of child development and education. They will identify skills developed in this area and develop tools to gain employment including a resume, proper completion of a job application, development of a portfolio that wil showcase the student's abilities, talents, education and experiences, job search strategies, and interview techniques.
Students will explore career opportunities in the early childhood field and the responsibilities and characteristics of successful early childhood teachers. Various types of programs are researced both in philosophy and practice, as well as locating local programs and the requirements to gain employment in them.
The lessons in this unit will consist of activities that teach the student how to write a portfolio for a student organization or for a future job.
The areas are: