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Child Growth and Development (ECE 238)

Course Number

This course is not available through the PDIS. 

How to Register

Please contact your local community college for more information on course availability. For information on community college locations, visit “Our Colleges” on the Colorado Community College System website

Course Description

Child Growth and Development covers the growth and development of the child from conception through the elementary school years.  It emphasizes physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional domains and the concept of the whole child as well as how adults can provide a supportive environment through teaming and collaboration.

Target Audience

This course is intended for students currently enrolled in one of Colorado's Community Colleges and wishing to improve their skills, attain an early childhood certification, or attain an Associate's degree.


Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

1.  Identify and critique evidence-based research as it relates to child development.
2.  Identify the biological and environmental factors associated with prenatal development, including heredity, environment and risk factors.
3.  Discover general knowledge about development in physical, cognitive, language, emotional and social domains from birth through 12 years.
4.  Analyze the interrelatedness and interaction between child developmental domains including biological, environmental and sociocultural factors.
5.  Compare and analyze current and historical theories of development and their implications for working with children, including, not not limited to:  Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Maslow, Bronfenbrenner, Vygotsky, Watson, Skinner, Bruner and Gardener.
6.  Identify atypical development and individual special needs and describe early intervention services.
7.  Practice focused observation skills by developing a case study.
8.  Use a variety of ways to gather and utilize in-depth information in all domains of development, including strengths and interests, to plan supportive environments.

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