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Course SummaryYou can earn a Human Growth and Development Certificate in as little as one week by studying the video lessons, printable transcripts and quizzes in this course. These materials are an excellent way to continue your education or to prepare for enrollment in an educational program.
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About This Course
In around one week, you can earn your Human Growth and Development Certificate by watching short, engaging video lessons that make it fun to study developmental stages across the life span. Discover genetic influences on temperament, types of intelligence, the development of self-concept and more with this self-paced course.
Who's This For?
This course is for childcare workers, teachers, social service assistants or anyone else who would benefit from learning what drives healthy development.
If you've never studied psychology before, consider taking a look at our introductory course before making your foray into the more specialized topics covered here.
Benefits of the Certificate
Whether you're looking for a cost-efficient way to improve your professional credentials or just want to study human growth and development for self-enrichment purposes, this certificate can be used to:
- Enhance your resume or LinkedIn profile
- Prove your commitment to continuing education
- Develop a working knowledge of the research methods used in this field
- Improve your familiarity with the warning signs of abnormal development
Human Growth and Development Program Breakdown
The 11 chapters in this course can help you study everything from human growth and development theory to the classification of developmental abnormalities. Our experienced instructors also help you examine factors affecting each stage of our physical, intellectual and social development.
Theoretical Approaches to Human Growth and Development
Survey growth and development theories by the likes of Freud, Erikson, Bandura and Piaget. Weigh in on the nature versus nurture debate.
Research Methods and the Study of Human Growth and Development
Explore the ins and outs of quasi-experimental and correlational research design. Learn how case studies are conducted and examine the uses of descriptive statistics as well as other data types.
Genetic Influences on Development
Find out how genes influence our temperaments and intellectual abilities. Examine common types of genetic abnormalities and discover how sex-linked and single-pair inheritance traits affect development.
Outline the prenatal stages of development and the hazards associated with childbirth. Study developmental milestones for newborns, the sexual development of adolescents and the physiological changes occurring in adulthood.
Sensory and Perceptual Development
Examine the earliest stages of sensory and perceptual development in infants and toddlers. Learn what sensory thresholds are and assess the impact of sensory deprivation on development.
Cognition and Cognitive Development
Trace important steps in the cognitive development of infants, children and adolescents. Identify changes to memory, intelligence and information processing that occur over time. Study Lev Vygotsky's theory of cognitive development.
Creativity and Intelligence Development
Examine methods used to measure creativity and intelligence at various developmental stages. Survey theories of intelligence outlined by Sternberg, Perkins and Gardner.
Identify characteristics of the pre-linguistic and linguistic stages of language development. Learn how this type of development is influenced by cultural and environmental factors. Explore the nativist theory of language development.
Learn how individuals develop their identities and sense of self. Examine the effect of gender on this process. Outline Levinson's stages of adult development and Dodge's social information-processing model, as well as the theories used to explain our moral development.
Social Relationship Development
Examine the stages of infant attachment. Find out how parenting styles and family structures can affect development and identify the adverse effects of abuse or neglect. Study the stages of dying and common patterns of bereavement.
Survey developmental abnormalities, emotional and behavioral disorders, chronic illness, mental illnesses and other types of abnormal human development.
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