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Child Development


Students learn and apply theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the development, care and guidance, of children including cultural diversity, and careers with children.

In California, this course has program status for elective credit (g) in social studies as a California Partnership Academies (CPA) a-g course. Author: Please contact Patricia Clark, Director of Teaching and Learning at CCASN, for more information:

Expected Student Outcomes/Objectives

Students identify and apply major accepted theories and principles of Child Development. They explore stages of development within physical, social, emotional, and cognitive contexts. They analyze the stages of pregnancy and the implications of environment and heredity on the health and well-being of a child. Students explore the decisions and responsibilities involved in cross cultural parenting and family communications, practice positive guidance and discipline techniques, understand the adjustments needed to adapt to major life changes throughout the human life cycle, and explore a variety of stresses on the family structure. Students practice effective oral, written, and multimedia communication in a variety of formats and contexts, and effective decisionmaking. Students manage personal career plans and explore strategies for balancing personal, family, and work responsibilities to enhance productivity and attain a quality of life.

Description of Activities

Students study the developmental ages and stages of children throughout the lifespan. Focus is on the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development and the influence of heredity and environmental factors. Studies also include child growth and development, safety and emergency procedures, nutrition and health practices, positive interaction and guidance techniques, learning theories, and developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum activities. Curriculum and activities vary. The course outline is available at the link provided below.

Instructional Materials Provided

Course outline as submitted to UCOP available here. Other materials provided at training.

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Additional criteria

Cost: Free

Curriculum type: Course

Academic subject areas: History/Social Sciences; Career-Technical Education; Career Exploration

States' Career Clusters: Human Services; Education & Training

California Industry sector(s): Education, Child Development, and Family Services

Duration: One year

Grade Targets: 10, 11, 12

Level of Expertise for CTE: Concentration/Skill building

Targeted Support Material: Community Involvement

Standards Addressed: Detailed documentation of alignment with Common Core, NGSS, C3 or CTE Standards provided

Professional Development Requirements/Recommendations: CPA teachers wishing to add any CPA program status a-g course to their school's official a-g course list must participate in a half-day course-specific training offered through CTE.

Keywords: education, child psychology, developmental psychology

Source: Colleague

Organization/Publisher: California Partnership Academy (CPA)

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