Course Description

This course examines the major theories of children's development, focusing on all the developmental domains: physical, cognitive, language, social, and emotional and includes consideration of the importance of the socio-cultural context. Such development will be considered in relation to diverse settings in community-based programs. In particular, the role of parents, practitioners, and staff in building relationships, guiding behaviour, and meeting the developmental needs of children from birth through age 12 will be discussed. Equivalent to CLD 103.


This course is fully online and asynchronous, meaning you typically will not have to be online at specific times. You will engage in course-related activities through online tools such as announcements, discussions, and email. Your course learning will be based on weekly module content and activities that you can go through independently. Note: there are still deadlines for assignment submissions, and you may be expected to participate in discussion board interactions with your peers on a regular basis.

Your instructor may also include occasional scheduled sessions for Q&As and other discussion activities, using web conferencing tools such as Zoom and Google Meet. More details will be included in your course outline available on the first day of class.

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