Early Childhood Development

Early Childhood Development

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Early Childhood Development introduces the unique qualities of the young child as distinguished from older children and demonstrates how to work with young children in ways that correspond with their individual developmental level and social and cultural environment. In each modules text, you will find “in the classroom” inserts that illustrate how current findings and theories translate into real applications in daycare centers, preschools, kindergartens, and primary schools. This course clearly portrays the importance of the contexts within which each child develops.  Our Early Childhood Development program displays theoretical views of learning, as well as information about the importance of play and technology in a young child's learning process. 

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • List the historical fundamentals and current theories of early childhood
  • Recall how genetics and parental practices influence development
  • Recognize how learning takes place in infants, toddlers and young children
  • Identify the elements and theories of physical and cognitive development
  • Define the social and affective development of the young child

Early Childhood Development Module 1
Studying the Child: Maps and Guides

  • Exploring Early Childhood
  • Historical and Current Views of Childhood
  • Children’s Rights
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Recurring Issues and Beliefs
  • Methods of Studying Children
  • Correlational Studies
  • Sources of Developmental Variation: Age and Cohort Influences
  • Evaluating Developmental Research
  • What Intergroup and Cultural Differences Really Mean

Early Childhood Development Module 2
Theories of Development: Map Makers

  • Theories in Psychology
  • Models of Underlying Theories of Child Development
  • Psychoanalytic and Psychosocial Approaches
  • Behavioristic Approaches
  • Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Cognitive Approaches
  • Biological and Ecological Approaches
  • Dynamic Systems Theory
  • A Humanistic Approach
  • Peak Experiences

Early Childhood Development Module 3
Conception, Heredity, and Environment: Many Paths

  • The Mechanics of Heredity
  • The Genetic Code
  • Canalization and Reaction Range
  • Studying Gene-Environment Interaction
  • Human Plasticity: The Rubber Band
  • Inherited Abnormalities
  • Sex-Linked Defects
  • Physical and Personality Characteristics
  • Genetic Counseling and Engineering
  • Treating Genetic Disorders

Early Childhood Development Module 4
Prenatal Development and Birth: On the Road

  • Conception and Pregnancy
  • Assisted Reproduction Technologies
  • Stages of Prenatal Development
  • Drugs, Other Chemicals, and the Fetus
  • Prescription Drugs
  • Importance of Timing and Other Factors
  • Caffeine, Alcohol, and Nicotine
  • Maternal Characteristics and the Fetus
  • Maternal Emotions and Stress
  • Childbirth

Early Childhood Development Module 5
Physical and Cognitive Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • Nutrition, Growth, and Survival in Infancy
  • Brain Growth and Motor Development
  • Sensation and Perception in Infancy
  • Smell, Taste, and Touch
  • Memory in Infants
  • Infant Cognitive Development
  • Intention, Imitation, and Morality in Young Infants
  • Sensorimotor Development
  • Early Language Development
  • From Sensation to Representation

Early Childhood Development Module 6
Social and Emotional Development in Infancy: First Excursions

  • The Family Context
  • Gender Roles
  • Infant Temperature
  • Cultural Context and Goodness-of-Fit
  • Infant Emotions
  • Regulating and Expressing Emotions in Infancy
  • Parent-Infant Attachments
  • Dimensions of Good Parenting in Infancy
  • Exceptionality in Infants
  • The Whole Infant

Early Childhood Development Module 7:
Physical and Cognitive Development in Early Childhood: Side Expeditions

  • Physical Development
  • Motor Development
  • Cognitive Development: Information Processing
  • Cognitive Development: Piaget’s View
  • Cognitive Achievements of Preschoolers
  • Preschool Education
  • Challenges in Early Childhood
  • Communication Disorders
  • Conduct and Impulse Control Disorders
  • Intellectual Giftedness

Early Childhood Development Module 8:
Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood: Happy Jaunts

  • Emotional Development
  • Controlling the Emotions: The Marshmallow Test
  • Categories of Play
  • Social Play
  • Television and the Media
  • Positive Effects of Electronic Media
  • The Changing Family
  • Parenting Styles
  • Nonparental Caregivers
  • A Last Word

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

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The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit iacet.org.

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.