Course Descriptions—Human Development

HD 101, Human Development
Three hours. This course is an introductory survey of basic principles of development and is designed to give the student a broad overview of human development from conception to death. Developmental principles are studied within the framework of change and stability in these domains of human development.

HD 202, Child Development—Infancy and Toddlerhood
Three hours. At the completion of this course, you will have a general understanding of prenatal development (pregnancy) and human development during the first three years of life. Specifically, we will cover biological and environmental factors that influence development and we will study how infants and toddlers mature physically, mentally (cognitive), socially and emotionally.  Developmental theories will be reviewed throughout the term as will topics such as breast-feeding, co-sleeping, attachment, infant temperament, language development and cultural differences. You will observe young children growing and developing and will complete laboratory assignments related to growth and changes in varying developmental domains.

HD 205, Child Development — Preschool
Three hours. The growth, development, and guidance of young children are covered and the practical implications of research and major theoretical issues are addressed.  Various familial and societal influences on development are explored.  The importance of play in fostering a range of developmental goals is emphasized.  Observational skills are facilitated through laboratory assignments.

HD 226, Introduction to Child Life
Three hours. Provides an overview of the field of child life.  The course introduces and examines concepts and principles of the child life profession.  Students will be introduced to the role of child life specialists in supporting children and their families in healthcare settings in ways that promote optimal coping and development.

HD 262, Marriage and the Family
Three hours. A study of marriage and family relationships from a combination of sociological and psychological perspectives

HD 302, Child Development — Adolescence
Three hours. This course offers an introduction to the theory of and research on adolescent development.  Special attention is given to major transitions in the cognitive, social and moral domains, as well as to psychological effects of physical maturation.  Influences of the family, school, and peer relations on adolescent developments are considered.

HD 321, Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children I.
Three lecture hours, three laboratory hours per week. For HD majors only. Prerequisites: HD 205 or equivalent and enrollment in the early childhood development or child life concentration. Examines the principles underlying the selection, use, and value of experiences that appropriately foster concept development and creative expression in young children.

HD 322, Conceptual and Creative Experiences for Young Children II
Three lecture hours, three laboratory hours per week. For HD majors only. Prerequisites: HD 205 or equivalent and enrollment in the early childhood development or child life concentration. Second in the sequence in which students examine the principles underlying the selection, use, and value of experiences that foster concept development and creative expression in young children.

HD 382, Parent and Family Development
Three hours. This course explores the changing nature and dynamics of parent-child relationships. Implications for parenting strategies and parent education are discussed.

HD 422, Administrating Children’s Centers & Programs
Three hours. Prerequisites: HD 205, HD 321, and HD 322. This course presents appropriate planning and administering of centers and programs designed to serve young children. Various child development and child life programs are examined and evaluated. Designed mainly for distant students who work or desire to work in child development settings, the course also explores minimum standards, financing, child legislation, supervision and management.

HD 472, Program Evaluation
Three hours. Prerequisites: 6 hours of 200-level or higher numbered HD courses or permission of instructor. This course examines the principles and methods by which programs for children and families are evaluated. Programs are implemented for children and families in community agencies, schools, day care centers, hospitals, and businesses. The program administrators take responsibility to investigate theeffectiveness of the program, to provide valid findings to those persons with interests in the creation, continuation, and improvement of the program. The findings also influence social and public policy. This course is designed for students in the fields of child development and family life education so that they may understand, partake in, and implement evaluation studies in their own programs, and influence social and public policy.

HD 495, Early Childhood Development (ECD) Internship
Six to twelve hours. Prerequisites: HD 202, HD 205, HD 321HD 322, ECHS major, 2.0 GPA, and permission of the instructor. Internship experience for students in the early childhood development concentration.

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