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Course Number:
HEC 226
Course Title:
Child Development
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Course Description

Covers basic theories, research and principles of physical, cognitive, language, social and emotional development of children from the prenatal period through adolescence. Includes observation and classroom processes. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  1. Articulate normal growth and development using theories and principles of child development.
  2. Express verbally and in writing how culture, environment and heredity influence children's development.

Social Inquiry and Analysis

Students completing an associate degree at Portland Community College will be able to apply methods of inquiry and analysis to examine social contexts and the diversity of human thought and experience.

General education philosophy statement

Child Development provides an overview of the ages and stages of development as they relate to social context, environment and biology. By analyzing the relationship between these factors, students will gain awareness of their own development and the developmental experiences of children across their lifespan. The intersectionality of race, culture, social class, ability, and gender will be examined through the principles of equity, inclusion and social justice. This examination will provide students with foundational knowledge and skills to become leaders and advocates in their careers and community.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Express an understanding of a child development with other students in class discussions and reflective writing

Integrate child development theories and principles in written observations of children

Write an exam that demonstrates acquired knowledge of child development

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Process Skills

Read the text and supporting materials

Communicate effectively in small groups

Reflect on and identify own personal development during childhood years

Observe and interview children objectively

Write descriptively and analytically

Concepts, Issues, Themes

Theories of Child Development

Domains of Development:


  • Cognitive-Creative
  • Physical
  • Language

Periods of Development

  • Pre-natal
  • Infancy
  • Early Childhood
  • Middle Childhood
  • Adolescence

Environmental, social/cultural and inherited factors that affect development