Advanced Child Development – EDUC 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

An examination of physical, cognitive, spiritual and social/emotional development, and guidance of a young child.




“And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man” (Luke 2:52, King James Version). This statement of Jesus’s human development encompasses the domains examined in this course: cognitive, physical, social/emotional, and spiritual. An understanding of child development is essential for developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Differentiate the characteristics and developmental needs of children in the domains of social, emotional, cognitive, physical, and spiritual growth as well as gross and fine motor development.
  2. Recognize indicators of atypical development of children in the domains of social, emotional, cognitive, physical, gross and fine motor development.
  3. Analyze the multiple interacting influences on child development (biological and environmental), and interconnectedness of developmental domains.
  4. Describe the wide range of ages at which developmental skills are manifested and the individual differences in behavioral styles.
  5. Analyze child development within the context of family, culture, and society.
  6. Apply principles of developmental practice for the classroom, including practices that are appropriate to the child's age and stage of development as well as to the developmental domains in question.
  7. Determine the developmental levels in the social, emotional, cognitive, physical and spiritual domains of children observed.

Course Assignment

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words.

The candidate will read the Special Education documents and Dyslexia Awareness Training materials related to the Requirements for Teacher Preparation Programs. Then submit the Dyslexia Awareness Completion Certificate in Blackboard.

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module(s)/week(s). Each quiz will be open-book, contain 10 multiple-choice  questions, and have a 60 minute time limit.

Each candidate will access a journal article related to the topic for the week and aligned with the age group he/she already teaches or desires to teach.  A summary of the article will be provided and the information integrated with concepts gleaned from the assigned textbook reading.  The paper will conclude with ideas related to how the information would affect classroom instruction.

Each candidate will create a Power Point Presentation that could be used for a Parent Education session. The topic of the presentation will be Physical Development and Nutrition Needs.   The presentation will feature the age group  currently taught or planning to teach.

The final part of this assignment is to be uploaded in LiveText for grading.

The candidate will identify 2 students in different levels of development (preschool, elementary, or middle school). The candidate will obtain permission to observe each student and make note of characteristics observed in at least 3 developmental domains (physical, cognitive, social/emotional).

  • Developmental Case Study Plan: The candidate will submit the names and ages of the 2 students and the setting(s) for observing each student (school, community, etc.).
  • Developmental Case Study References: This assignment will be turned in as an annotated bibliography. A minimum of 3 separate references are required. The course text must be used and 1 text citation for each of 3 domains must be included. The candidate will cite specific pages from the course text that will be used to identify behaviors typical for the developmental level of the 2 students observed (helpful tables provided in the text include the Observation Guide and Developmental Trends).
  • Developmental Case Study: The candidate will write at least 2 pages for each student describing the behaviors observed in each of the 3 domains and indicate whether the behaviors observed are typical for the developmental level of each child based upon course readings and current research. This must be completed in current APA format, and the references presented in the annotated bibliography/references assignment are to be used to support the descriptions. The final paper will be uploaded in Blackboard for grading.