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Child Development for Practitioners

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About the Child Development for Practitioner Series

This series gives you an overview of developmental theories covering changes to the physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth. You will also gain an understanding of family, school and community relations and conclude with age-appropriate program and curriculum review. 

Complete this course series in just 16 weeks and earn three units per course which are transferable to a UC, CSU or California community college for undergraduate credit.

Courses will be offered both online and in hybrid fashion so that you can learn anywhere, anytime!

Who Should Enroll?

  • Early childhood caregivers and educators in the field interested in professional development and continuing education
  • Those interested in exploring a career in early childhood, preschool, and transitional kindergarten
  • Those interested in after-school enrichment opportunities with K-8 children 
  • Those who are considering the UC Merced multiple-subject teaching credential for K-8 educators
  • Parents and family life educators

Course Descriptions 

MODULE I

Early Child Development for Practitioners
This course considers early child development (0-6 years) through biological and ecosystemic perspectives. Readings and activities emphasize the applicability of course content through biology, developmental neuroscience, culture, and classic development theories.

Child Development in Family, School, and Community
This course considers school-aged development (6-12 years) through biological and ecosystemic perspectives. Readings and activities emphasize the applicability of course content through biology, developmental neuroscience, and culture. A positive development is emphasized in family, school, and community contexts through Baumrind, Bronfenbrenner, and Lerner. 

MODULE II

Introduction to Curriculum (Birth through Primary)
This course introduces curriculum with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. The course considers developmentally (age-appropriate) curriculum and learning in terms of contextual, hands-on artifacts supporting artistic creativity, literacy, math readiness, and science learning.

Teaching and Learning (Birth through Primary)
This course covers teaching and learning with infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children in multicultural settings. The course considers developmentally (age-appropriate) teaching and learning in terms of contextual, hands-on artifacts supporting artistic creativity, literacy, math readiness, and science learning.

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Early Bird Savings! Tuition and Early Bird Savings!

Courses are $450 each and you will earn 3 transferable units per each course successfully completed. Save up to $600 by enrolling early!

 

ENROLL IN BOTH MODULE I AND MODULE II
Register by August 12th and save up to $600!

  • Save $600
    Register for Modules I AND II for just $1,200
  • Save $300
    Register for just Module I for just $600
  • Save $75
    Register for one Module I course for just $375

MODULE II
Register by October 7 and save up to $300!

  • Save $300
    Register for Module II for just $600
  • Save $75
    Register for one Module II course for just $375

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Course Schedule and Enrollment

To enroll in a course, simply select the learning format you prefer displayed next to each course title.

Child Development and Care - Online Course = Online  Child Development and Care hybrid learning = Hybrid   

MODULE I          
Early Child Development for Practitioners 3 Units 8 Tues 6-7pm Aug 28 - Oct 16 Child Development and Care - Online Course   Child Development and Care hybrid learning    
Child Development in Family, School, and Community 3 Units 8 Tues 7-8pm Aug 28 - Oct 16 Child Development and Care - Online Course   Child Development and Care hybrid learning    
MODULE II          
Introduction to Curriculum (Birth through Elementary Years) 3 Units 8 Tues 6-7pm Oct 23 - Dec 11 Child Development and Care - Online Course   Child Development and Care hybrid learning    
Teaching and Learning (Birth through Elementary Years) 3 Units 8 Tues 7-8pm Oct 23 - Dec 11 Child Development and Care - Online Course   Child Development and Care hybrid learning    

 

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