Child Development

Course Number: HEC 226
Transcript Title: Child Development
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: June 6, 2017
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: No
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0


MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.

Course Description

 Evaluates basic theories, research and principles of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. Includes observation and classroom processes. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

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

  1. Assess and describe normal child growth and development from the prenatal period through adolescence using current research theories and principles.
  2. Understand and apply the Domains of Development of children from prenatal to adolescence.
  3. Recognize and evaluate social/culture environment and heredity influences on children’s development.
  4. Demonstrate professional values and responsibilities inherent in the field of early childhood education and family studies.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

In-depth 1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)


2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Extract, interpret, evaluate, communicate, and apply quantitative information and methods to solve problems, evaluate claims, and support decisions in their academic, professional and private lives. (Quantitative Literacy)

Not Addressed

4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)


5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assessments may include: participation, quizzes, portfolio, interviews, research paper written observations, journal reflections, and written assignments.

Course Activities and Design

Activities may include: textbook reading, class discussion, quizzes, written reflections, interviews, observation portfolio, research paper, assignments.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  • Process Skills
  • Read the text and supporting materials
  • Communicate effectively in small groups
  • Reflect on and identify own personal development during childhood years
  • Observe and interview children objectively
  • Write descriptively and analytically
  1. Theories and principals of Child Development based on historical trends as well as current National Association of Education for Young Children (NAEYC)
    1. Domains of Development
      • Social-Emotional:
      • Cognitive-Creative
      • Physical
      • Language
    2. Periods of Development
      • Pre-natal
      • Infancy
      • Early Childhood
      • Middle Childhood
      • Adolescence
  2. Environmental, social/cultural and inherited factors that affect development
    1. Evolving family structure
    2. Economic impact
    3. Society/cultural norms

Department Notes

NAEYC standards that relate to HEC 226 are: Standard 1. Promoting Child Development and Learning

Core Knowledge categories: Human Growth & Development HGD), Health, Safety, & Nutrition (HSN), Diversity (DIV)