This is our catalog of courses. We will occasionally adjust the course listing to reflect the addition of new courses and the retirement of others. 

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Adolescent Development

Why do adolescents act the way they do? Why are teenagers so moody? Are all teens addicted to social media? Is adolescence really as bad as portrayed in the media? These questions and many more will be answered in this course where we will learn about adolescent development from a Catholic perspective.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester of Adolescent Psychology or Psychology

Special Notes: Course materials are provided FREE. Additional pre-recorded lectures are provided in addition to the live class meetings.


This course is an introduction to adolescent development and will cover many of the major adolescent development theories and focus on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from a Catholic perspective.

**Parents should note that mature topics will be touched upon including puberty, gender development, and relationships.


Week 1: Introduction to Adolescent Development

Week 2: Physical Development

Week 3: Brain Development

Week 4: Cognitive Development

Week 5: Social Development

Week 6: Identity Development

Week 7: Moral Development

Week 8: Learning & Achievement

Week 9: Families

Week 10: Peers & Media

Week 11: Psychosocial Problems

Week 12: What’s next? A brief intro on Emerging Adulthood

Materials and Homework

Course Materials: All materials will be provided FREE by the instructor.

Homework: There will be pre-recorded lectures to view in addition to the live classes. Students will take online quizzes and complete weekly written activities and discussion questions. An application paper applying adolescent development principles to some form of media will also be required (approx. three to five pages). Expect to spend 1-3 hours per week on homework outside of class.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Mondays, September 9 to December 9, 2024. (No class Oct. 14 & Nov. 25)

Starting Time: 11:30 AM Eastern (10:30 AM Central; 9:30 AM Mountain; 8:30 AM Pacific)

Duration Per Class: 55 minutes

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