Advanced Child Development – EDUC 501

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

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

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


“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.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, candidates are required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. Each thread must be 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, candidates are required to reply to two other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 250 words. (CLO: A, B, C, E, G)

Journal Article Review Assignments (2)

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 given along with an integration of concepts gleaned from the assigned textbook reading. The paper will conclude with ideas related to how the information would affect classroom instruction. Reviews should be kept to less than 3 pages, excluding the title page and reference page. (CLO: A, B, D, E, F)

Parent Education PowerPoint Presentation Assignment

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 teaching or planning to teach. The presentation should have 1-2 slides for each of the topics and should represent at least a 15-minute presentation. (CLO: A, C)

Developmental Case Study Assignments (3)

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). (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, G)

Quizzes (14)

Each quiz will cover the assigned reading material for the respective module: week. Each quiz will be open-book, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have no time limit. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E)