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Sinclair College

ECE 1101 Introductory Child Development

Theories and principles of child development. Promoting positive growth from prenatal through age eight. Impact of the environment including the family, educational experiences, peer relationships, community and culture on each child’s development.

Division: Liberal Arts, Communication and Social Sciences
Department: Education
Repeatable Credit: No
Offered Online: No

Prereqs: NONE  


  • Identify theories including Psychoanalytic, Behaviorist, Piagetian, Vygotskian and Information Processing Models on the characteristics and needs of each child birth through age 8, including domains of development, play, activity, learning process and motivation. Recognize domains are interrelated and provide examples of interrelationships.
  • Demonstrate understanding of multiple influences on development including diverse cultural, economic, and linguistic contexts, ecological contexts, each child's health status and disabilities, individual developmental variations, learning styles and opportunites to play and learn.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the influence of early intervention programs on each child's outcomes.
  • Demonstrate an understanding and value of the central role of relationships and efficacy in the promotion of learning for each child.
  • Describe sequences, stages and milestones of each child's growth and development and recognize variations of typical and atypical developmental characteristics from prenatal through age 8.
  • Describe the essentials of developmental research and the principles used as a basis for creating effective learning environments.
  • Identify elements of preliminary early childhood learning environments and opportunites to learn that are healthy, respectful and supportive for each child.

Credit Hours: 3

Classroom Hours: 3