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Areas of Study | | EDUC230 syllabus

COURSE TITLE:Infant & Toddler Development
DIVISION:Liberal Arts
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person, Hybrid

Infant and Toddler Development is comprehensive in that it treats all facets of growth and development in the first three years. The exploration moves through the realms of infant physical growth, cognition, perception, and emotional-social development. It includes the study of language development as it influences all other areas. It will attempt to reveal how the infant’s psychological world differs from that of older children and adults. Application of learning through a lab is required.

Placement into ENGL121. Criminal background check required.

NOTES: 16 hours of observation is required.

This course is not available for web registration.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Become conversant with physiological milestones indicating adequate nutrition and good health in infant-toddlers.
  • Demonstrate understanding of the meaning of the attachment bond as it impinges on all development in the future.
  • Show awareness of the psychological implications of the psychosocial stages spanning infancy and toddlerhood.
  • become cognizant of the meaning of infant-toddler play.
  • Show an in-depth understanding of the interrelationship between the brain, intelligence, physical-motor skills and human stimulation.
  • Develop and demonstrate a repertoire of strategies for promoting language development and intelligence in infant-toddlers.
  • Show increasing sensitivity to the ways and means by which the infant-toddler develops a concept of self as separate and worthy.
  • Objectively demonstrate ways to cope with the toddler’s growing autonomy and social ambivalence.
  • Learn and demonstrate techniques of infant care.

  • A Relationship-Based Model
  • Infants, Toddlers, and their Families
  • Understanding and Using Theories
  • Power of Observation
  • Brain and Prenatal Development, Birth and Newborn
  • Attachment and Emotional Relationships
  • Social Development
  • Cognitive Development
  • Language Development
  • Motor Development
  • Responsive Programs
  • Creating Relationship-Based Programs
  • Routines, Environments, and Opportunities
  • Respect, Reflect and Relate
  • Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities
  • Infant and Toddler Profession

Wittmer, D.S., & Petersen, S.H. (2014). Infant and toddler development and responsive program planning: A relationship-based approach (3rd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

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A point system, based on the following criteria, will be used to evaluate the student's performance in this class. (Changes may take place as deemed by instructor)

Weekly Assignments 240 points
Discussion Questions 160 points
Observation Papers 160 points
Exams 140 points
PowerPoint Presentation 70 points
Fascinating Facts & Insights 30 points
Website Summaries 30 points
Article Review Paper 20 points

Total 850 points

92-100% A
84-91% B
76-83% C
68-75% D
67% - F


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Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

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