Course description

This course introduces students to the study of child development, which is holistic and interdependent, and focuses on the period from conception to early childhood. The biologically determined characteristics and the influences of family, culture and society are explored. Major theories of development and learning are introduced and used as a framework for examining the developmental process. This course introduces students to the role observation plays in the interpretation of children’s behaviour, strengths and abilities for the purpose of intentional and inclusive curriculum planning. 

Course details

Hours: 42
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None

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Credit transfer

Have you taken this course or an equivalent course? Contact the Credit Transfer Office.

Course equivalencies

Registration dates

Not all courses are offered each term.

Spring 2023 registration opens February 27, 2023. Fall 2023 registration opens July 24, 2023.

Delivery options

In person: classes held in person on a campus/site in a classroom/lab/shop/studio for the course duration

Online - Asynchronous: ​100% online delivery, no scheduled day or time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Online - Synchronous: 100% online delivery, scheduled day and time course requirements with the instructor, assigned due dates

Hybrid: any combination of in person, timetabled, on campus, online, and hyflex delivery