Child Development

The purpose of this course is to acquire academic knowledge and understanding of child and adolescent development necessary for strengthening the well-being of children and families. Students integrate knowledge, skills and practices for positive parenting/care-giving through the following units: Perspectives of Human Development, Research and Theories in Human Development, Understanding Developent, Nurturing Development, Challenges to Development. Emphasis is placed on providing a nurturing environment for children from before birth through adolescence, as well as the issues and decisions involved in creating healthy families.