College of Education

Child Development (CHD)

CHD 310   Growth/Development Child4 credits

This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal stages to elementary age. Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective. Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

CHD 320   Role Early Childhood Educator4 credits

This foundational course discusses the roots of early childhood education and the purposes of early childhood in today's society. The historical and present role of adults within the field of early childhood will be examined. Learners will explore NAEYC's code of ethics and its implications for the profession.

CHD 330   Best Practices in EC4 credits

This class provides the theoretical framework and best practices for working in early childhood settings. Learners examine how individualized curriculum and environment can be integrated through developmentally appropriate practices in order to promote the cognitive and social development of children.

CHD 400   Introduction to Early Childhood Education3 credits

This seminar helps students grasp the breadth, depth, and foundations of early childhood education.

CHD 402   Writing for Educators3 credits

Early childhood staff of all levels (directors, teachers, assistants, aides, family child care, etc.) must demonstrate professionalism as strong communicators not only verbally, but as writers, as well. This course will lay the ground work of writing expectations in the program, and serve to remediate as needed.

CHD 410   Growth and Development of Children3 credits

This is a broad sketch of human growth and development from pre-natal stages to elementary age. Developmental processes are studied from a biological and developmental perspective. Personality development and the effects of temperament on learning are discussed.

CHD 411   Child Social and Emotional Growth3 credits

This course studies the social, psychological and emotional growth of children from prenatal to elementary ages. Issues of attachment, perspective-taking and friendship are discussed. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 422   Human Diversity and Relations3 credits

The purpose of this course is to expand our understanding of the influences of gender, culture, economic situation, learning styles, and language on the socialization of children, and then how to use this new understanding to form the way we program for and interact with children. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 430   Infants and Toddlers3 credits

In this course, students will study the emerging skills and developmental characteristics of infants and toddlers. Course topics include environments that foster development, appropriate practices, and promoting the development of autonomy. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 435   Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Early Childhood Education3 credits

This is a historical, present, and future perspective of developmentally appropriate practices. Appropriate classroom practices and current topics are discussed. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 440   Children's Play and Learning3 credits

Theories of Piaget, Parton, Erickson, and Vygotsky are studied to determine how children learn to play and the effect that play has on the child's development. Historical perspectives and effects of play on learning are reviewed. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 435)

CHD 445   Language Development and Emergent Literacy3 credits

The research and stages of language development from birth through age seven are extensively explored. Students will understand how to guide children through the language acquisition process. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 450   Children's Literature3 credits

Using children's books to develop literature-based curriculum is the emphasis of this course. There is a review of authors of children's literature and an exploration of books for a variety of purposes. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 451   Dual Language Learners3 credits

This course will address the needs of the early childhood classroom professional. The course will move beyond the basics of child development to help educators understand the natural progression of second-language acquisition in young children. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 445)

CHD 461   Ethics in Early Childhood3 credits

Classical and historical ethics are explored, as well as the student's personal values system. Individuals face tough ethical decisions with increasing frequency in our society and a framework for addressing those questions is needed. Each student will develop a system for making ethical decisions in their personal and professional life. (Prerequisite: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 482   Young Child with Special Needs3 credits

This course is designed to introduce the student to the information and techniques needed to develop curricula and instruction to meet the unique needs of individual children in early childhood settings. Special emphasis is given to the theories, research, and practical application from the fields of both early childhood education and special education. (Prerequisites: Minimum grade of C- in CHD 400, CHD 402, and CHD 410)

CHD 490   Portfolio and Synthesis3 credits

This senior level and final course is designed to help learners reflect on all they have done in the BA Child Development program. Through guest speakers, research study, and reflection on practice, students will synthesize all they have learned. Preparation of a professional portfolio will cap the learning experience. All other courses in the program must be successfully completed before taking this course. (Prerequisite: Senior standing and successful completion of all other courses in the program.)