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Child Growth and Development

This collection contains the Affordable Learning Solution for the Southern University System (AL$4SUS) list of peer-reviewed textbooks for Child Growth and Development (common course-id CDEV 100), a top 50 college course identified for inclusion in  the Southern University Online Library for Education (SUOLforEd).  

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General Course Description: CDEV 100

This introductory course examines the major physical, psychosocial, and cognitive/language developmental milestones for children, both typical and atypical, from conception through adolescence. There will be an emphasis on interactions between maturational processes and environmental factors. While studying developmental theory and investigative research methodologies, students will observe children, evaluate individual differences and analyze characteristics of development at various stages.

Minimum Units: 3.0

Any rationale or comment:

Materials adopted by the Early Childhood Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) in 2007 for use by all California Community Colleges. Endorsed by the California Community College Early Childhood Educators (CCCECE).


Prerequisites: None

Corequisites: None

Advisories/Recommendations: None

Pedagogical Approach


Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:

  • Describe major developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development.
  • Analyze how cultural, economic, political, historical contexts affect children’s development.
  • Identify cultural, economic, political historical contexts that affect children’s development.
  • Identify and compare major theoretical frameworks  related to the study of human development.
  • Apply developmental theory to child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using investigative research methodologies. 
  • Differentiate characteristics of typical and atypical development.


  1. Exams (objective and essay) that demonstrate the students' ability to define principle theories of development, research methods, historical perspectives on child development, ethical issues, and recent trends in the field.
  2. Research papers, essays and/or group projects that demonstrate student's ability to trace human development from conception through adolescence, analyze specific theories in child development, compare and contrast physical, cognitive and psychosocial development norms and deviations from typical development and analyze historical perspectives 
  3. related to child development.
  4. Instructor assessment of participation in classroom discussions, presentation of group projects, observational study, and direct classroom experience with children.

Other Information


Course Resources

  • Educational Psychology
    Educational Psychology (Open (Access) Textbook)
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  • Cognitive Development in Childhood
    Cognitive Development in Childhood (Online Course Module)
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  • Social and Personality Development in Childhood
    Although this is described as an online course module, it can also be used as part of a textbook. Childhood social and... More
  • Attachment Through the Life Course
    Attachment Through the Life Course (Online Course Module)
    Although categorized as an online course module, this can also be considered as part of a textbook. The purpose of this... More