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Theories of Growing and Learning




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Course level: Continuing Teacher Education

This course examines theories of growing and learning from birth through adolescence. The stages of life and the developmental domains including physical, language, cognitive, and emotional, social, and moral are emphasized. In addition, participants explore investigative methods and research processes in human development. This course is not available for enrollment to residents of Alabama, Arkansas, and Kentucky.



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Fundamental Theories and Investigative Methods

  • Compare fundamental human development theories.
  • Describe research processes used in the field of human development.
  • Identify ethical issues in the human development field.

Physical Development, Cognitive Development, and Intellectual Power

  • Describe how physical development relates to social and cognitive development.
  • Analyze physical development from birth through adolescence.
  • Analyze the stages of cognitive development from birth through adolescence.
  • Describe intellectual power and its measurement.
  • Explain the effect of intellectual power on learning.

Language Development

  • Describe how language development relates to social and cognitive development.
  • Describe the components of language development.
  • Differentiate language development theories.
  • Compare the language development of diverse populations.

Emotional, Social, and Moral Development

  • Describe emotional development from birth through adolescence.
  • Analyze the relationship of self-concept and social development to student learning and behavior.
  • Explain the development of moral reasoning and self-control from birth through adolescence.


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Learn from instructors who bring an average of 25 years of working experience to the classroom.

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Our tuition and fees are competitive and fixed. Also, check to see if your employer will cover you for this course.

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