Education | Child Growth and Development: Ages 3 -8
P351 | 5701 | Carin Neitzel

Course Description:
This course is focused on the various changes that take place in
children during the early childhood years  (e.g., physical-motor,
language, cognitive, social). Aspects of development that are common
to all children as well as individual differences in development will
be studied.

Course Objectives:
This course has 4 specific learning objectives. By the end of the
course, students are expected to have gained:

1. Knowledge of the sequences of development and the dynamic, joint
contribution of processes that underlie it.
2. A sense of the interdependency of all domains of development-
physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
3. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and
4. A basic level of proficiency in the observation, description, and
interpretation of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social
behavior of young children.

Course Format/Policies:
In order to accomplish the objectives, this course will be structured
around a discussion, or information sharing, format. Discussions and
short lectures will be supplemented by films, group problem-solving,
and a variety of other class activities. To support this type of
format, it is important to have knowledgeable and contributing
participants. You are responsible for reading the assigned chapters of
the text prior to the date this information is to be discussed in
class. Discussions and activities will be based on the assumption that
you have prepared.
All policies and regulations (e.g. regarding academic honesty) as
stated in the Graduate Bulletin apply in this course. If you are
unfamiliar with these policies and regulations, then you are required
to make yourself familiar with them immediately.

Grading Scale for P351:

Possible Points

Class Activities 25
Developmental Profiles 75

Total Points Possible  100

The maximum number of points will be 100. Grades will be based on
total points accumulated:

A+ =	97 - 100	
A   =    94 -  96
A-  =    90 -  93
B+ =	87 - 89		
B   =	84 - 86
B- =	80 - 83
C+ =	77 - 79		
C   =	74 - 76
C-  =	70 - 73
D+ =   67 - 69
D   =   64 - 66
D-  =   60 - 63

1. Daily class activities (i.e. "Panel-of-Experts" mini-lectures over
readings, problem-based learning cases, group application exercises,
etc.). Daily class activities will be designed to facilitate the
processing, integration, and application of course material and
therefore, are considered an important component of this course. Keep
in mind that one absence is the equivalent of missing three weeks of
the semester.
2. Developmental Profiles: Due November 14. Specific details about
this paper are posted on Oncourse ( There will
be a reduction in grade for late papers.

Class Schedule and Assignment Due Dates

Activities/ Due Dates

Week 1	

Thursday, 5th	

Course Introduction Cognitive Development 	

Text Chapters 11 &15	

Week 2	
Thursday, 12th	
Cognitive Development	

Week 3	
Thursday, 19th	
Cognitive Development
Readings TBA	

Week 4	
Thursday, 26th	
Cognitive Development
Week 5	

Thursday, 3rd	

Cognitive Development
Activities/ Due Dates

Week 6	
Thursday, 10th	
Social and Emotional Development	
Text Chapters 13 & 17	

Week 7	
Thursday, 17th	
Social and Emotional Development	
Readings TBA	

Week 8	
Thursday, 24th	
Social and Emotional Development		

Week 9	
Thursday, 31st	
Symbolic Development, Language, and Play	
Text Chapters 12 & 16	

Week 10	

Thursday, 7th	

Symbolic Development, Language, and Play		

Week 11	
Thursday, 14th	
Symbolic Development, Language, and Play		
Developmental Profiles Due November 14

Week 12	
Thursday, 21st	
Development Overview	
Readings TBA	

Week 13	
Thursday, 28th	
No Class
Thanksgiving Holiday		

Week 14	

Thursday, 14th	

Development Overview	

Readings TBA	

Week 15	
Thursday, 14th	
Course Wrap-up