- Course type: Self-paced
- Available Lessons: 249
- Average Lesson Length: 8 min
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Use our fast and engaging video lessons to learn critical lifespan developmental psychology concepts in preparation for the DSST exam. These self-paced lessons are a fun way to prepare to take the exam and potentially earn three college credits. The college credits you earn by passing the DSST Life Span Developmental Psychology exam can be used at nearly 2,000 colleges and universities. Take this self-paced and flexible prep course to learn such concepts as cognitive development in infancy and early childhood, psychosocial development in middle childhood, types of intelligence, life expectancy and stages of dying.
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Syllabus & Course Information
The DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology exam tests your knowledge of vital lifespan developmental theories and learning objectives. This prep course offers lessons that align with these objectives and prepare you to:
- Define the main principles of life span developmental psychology. Learn about cognitive, social and emotional, and physical development, as well as personality.
- Explore agents of socialization and functions of school. Understand the evolutionary theory's application to learning and Gottlieb's epigenetic psychosocial systems perspective.
- Recognize and apply the steps of the scientific method to human growth and development research. Understand and differentiate among methods of data collection.
- Know the difference between correlation and causation. Discuss ethical issues in psychological research.
- Explore Piaget's theory of cognitive development and Bruner's and Case's theories of development. Describe the stages of psychosocial development. Define Freud's stages of development.
- Understand differences between classical and operant conditioning. Examine social-cognitive learning theories and theories of adult development.
- Understand sex-linked and sex-limited traits and types of sex chromosome aneuploidy.
- Learn about Huntington's disease and various other genetic disorders. Examine physical features and structures of chromosomes. Learn about natural selection and adaptation.
- Study the genetic code, genetic inheritance and genetic abnormalities. Discuss gene-environment interaction and ways genetics influences a person's intellectual abilities, temperament and personality.
- Describe the processes of conception, fertilization and ovulation. Differentiate among germinal, embryonic and fetal periods of development. Describe the three principles of growth.
- Understand prenatal life support systems and stages of brain development. Recognize how age, emotional condition and nutrition impact prenatal growth and development. Discuss genetic assessment and counseling.
- Learn about the perinatal and neonatal environments and potential hazards during the birth process. Explore methods of childbirth, stages of labor and the role of hormones in labor and delivery.
- Learn about premature births and associated complications, as well as multiple births. Discuss cultural differences in childbirth. Understand changes during the first month of life.
- Discuss principles of growth and motor, sensory and brain development in the first two years. Learn about methods of studying, cognitive development in infants, and infant creativity and intelligence.
- Study infant perceptual development and the five senses, as well as memory and information processing in infants. Explore language development. Learn about the impact of abuse and neglect on growth and development.
- Explore physical development in early childhood, as well as nutrition, health and safety. Discuss the effects of environment and culture on language development.
- Understand the benefits of early childhood education. Examine the role of play in cognitive development. Describe the development of self in early childhood.
- Explore the impact of different parenting styles. Learn about types of families. Discuss childhood fears and anxieties and emotional regulation and aggression.
- Discuss physical growth and motor skill development, as well as the importance of health and fitness. Understand learning, emotional and behavioral disorders.
- Learn about peer relationships and the role of school in development. Examine stress and resilience in middle childhood.
- Describe physical growth and sexual development and maturation in adolescents. Explore changes in sense of self from childhood to adolescence.
- Discuss cognitive development and adolescent egocentrism. Understand the decision-making characteristics of adolescents.
- Explore gender differences in adolescent development. Understand family values and the influence of school and peers on adolescent development.
- Understand physical changes that occur in early adulthood. Discuss the sexual reproductive systems. Understand how life events, occupation and higher education influence cognitive development.
- Explore theories of love. Discuss friendship, cohabitation, friendship and divorce. Understand how differing time points in an adult life impact quality of life and development.
- Examine achievement and career choices in early adulthood. Define gender identity and gender roles.
- Understand physical and sexual changes that occur during middle adulthood. Describe limitations and growth in cognition among adults. Learn about memory and information processing in adults, as well as adult creativity and intelligence.
- Study the big five stable personality traits. Discuss family configurations in middle adulthood. Understand divorce and remarriage and changes in gender roles.
- Discuss factors related to living a longer life. Explore theories of aging and death. Understand physical changes in late adulthood. Learn about major health concerns in late adulthood.
- Explore cognitive development in late adulthood. Understand how the physical and social contexts in which older adults live affect their social experiences and development. Discuss friendships and relationships in late adulthood.
- Explore the stages of dying. Understand patterns of bereavement and stages of grief. Learn about the modern hospice movement.
- Discuss the concept of dying with dignity. Explore the euthanasia debate and stages of acceptance. Examine major end-of-life issues, such as living wills, organ donation and health care proxy.
There are no prerequisites for this course. Start learning about lifespan developmental psychology today!
Videos and self-assessment quizzes comprise this course, which features about 237 quick video lessons that can be watched in just 5-10 minutes. Once you've watched the short videos, take the self-assessment quizzes to make sure you understand the subject matter. You'll also find a lesson transcript with each video in case you want to follow along. Lessons are divided into 21 chapters, and you'll be able to take a chapter quiz before moving on to the next set of lessons.
Our professional instructors can answer any question you have about the subject matter. To keep track of the lessons you've completed, use the progress tracking tool that comes with course. At the end of the course, take a final exam to make sure you're ready for the DSST exam.
DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology Exam Information
The credit you can earn by passing the DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology exam is equivalent to a lower division undergraduate course in lifespan developmental psychology. This one-semester course can be used to meet general education requirements. Psychology majors might also take this lower-level course before tackling advanced psychology courses.
- Number of Questions: Approximately 100
- Question Type: Multiple choice
- Time Limit: 2 hours
- Number of Credits: 3
- Exam Cost: $80
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Study Schedule for the DSST Lifespan Developmental Psychology Exam
This course offers around 24 hours of instruction. The flexible, self-paced lessons conveniently fit into your schedule. The timetable below can help you decide when to schedule your exam. Find out more about earning credit by taking a DSST exam.
|Study Frequency||When You'll Be Ready for the Exam|
|3 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 2.5 weeks|
|2 hours a day; 3 days a week||About 4 weeks|
|1 hour a day; 3 days a week||About 8 weeks|
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