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Child Development

Why do children act the way they do? Why don’t babies sleep through the night? Why do children throw temper tantrums? Why can’t young children follow the rules of a game? These questions and many more will be answered in this course where we will learn about child development from a Catholic perspective.

Total classes: 12

Prerequisite: None

Suggested grade level: 10th to 12th grade

Suggested credit: One full semester of Psychology or College Preparatory Psychology


This course is an introduction to child development and will cover many of the major child development theories and research and focus on physical, cognitive, and social & emotional development from a Catholic perspective.
Parents should note that mature topics will be touched upon including prenatal development and gender development.


Week 1: Introduction to Child Development
Week 2: Prenatal Development
Week 3: Infancy & Toddlerhood: Physical Development
Week 4: Infancy & Toddlerhood: Cognitive Development
Week 5: Infancy & Toddlerhood: Social & Emotional
Week 6: Early Childhood: Physical Development
Week 7: Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
Week 8: Early Childhood: Social & Emotional
Week 9: Middle Childhood: Physical Development
Week 10: Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development
Week 11: Middle Childhood: Social & Emotional
Week 12: What’s next? A brief intro on Adolescence

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 child development principles to some form of media will also be required (approx. four to six pages). Expect to spend 1-3 hours per week on homework outside of class.

Important Dates

Class Dates: Mondays, January 8 to April 8. (No class February 12 or April 1)

Starting Time: 2:30 PM Eastern (1:30 Central; 12:30 Mountain; 11:30 Pacific)

Duration per class: 55 minutes

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