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Childhood Development

Course Descriptions

EDU 231 Educational Psychology (4.00 SH). A study of the teaching and learning process for students preparing to teach children and adolescents. The units of the course include learning, instruction, human development, motivation, management, assessment and the learner. A practicum with children and/or adolescents is included. This course is offered by the Department of Education and does not count toward a psychology major, minor or as a course within the discipline.

EDU 231C C:Educational Psychology (4.00 SH). Clustered with SED-201C - All Means All: Inclusion is a Right Not a Privilege This course is designed primarily for early childhood and special education majors who will learn about teaching, social and cognitive views of learning, and motivation theory and practice for all children, including those who have special needs in inclusive classrooms in today’s schools. PreK-4/PreK-8 and Music Education majors primarily.

EDU 562 Field Experience/Internship (2.00 SH). This course is an off-campus experience in PreK-8 school setting intended to provide the student with opportunities to participate with teachers and children in classrooms. For Early Childhood PreK-4/Special Education PreK-8 majors. Prerequisites: Must have completed at least one semester and one education course at Westminster College and have a GPA of at least 2.800. Graded S/U.

ELL 206 English Language Learner (3.00 SH). The course is designed to infuse the teachers competencies related to meeting the instructional needs of English language learners. The course will explore the language, culture, standards-based instruction, assessment, and professionalism in order to understand and teach linguistically diverse learners effectively. Certification students PreK-12 are required to take this course.

PSY 101 Intro To Psychology (ST) (4.00 SH). Principles of human and animal behavior. The study of individual, group and institutional behavior in context. Offered every semester. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 219 Early Child Development (ST) (4.00 SH). A chronological approach to the principles and theories of child development from birth-11 years of age. This course fulfills the developmental psychology requirement for early childhood education majors.

PSY 221 Childhood & Adolescence (ST) (4.00 SH). A topical approach to principles of human growth and development, with an emphasis on both childhood and adolescence. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

PSY 281 Principles of Learning (4.00 SH). Analysis of the variety of mechanisms by which our behavior and our representations develop from experience. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 401 Abnormal Psychology (4.00 SH). An examination of the theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding abnormal human behavior with an introduction to the nature, causes and treatment of various psychological disorders. Prerequisite: PSY 101.

PSY 431 Developmental Psychopathology (4.00 SH). An overview of problems and processes that lead to abnormal development in childhood and adolescence. Included is an in-depth examination of early psychological disorders. Prerequisites: PSY 101 or 221.

SED 201 Foundations Special Education (ST) (4.00 SH). This course is designed as an introduction to the field of special education for students seeking careers in education. It includes such topics as: identification, placement, programming, inclusive practices, advocacy, and other topics relating to persons who have disabilities from historical, medical, educational, societal, and individual points of view. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).

SED 201C C:Foundation Special Education (ST) (4.00 SH). Clustered with EDU-231C - All Means All: Inclusion is a Right Not a Privilege This course is designed primarily for early childhood and special education majors who will learn about teaching, social and cognitive views of learning, and motivation theory and practice for all children, including those who have special needs in inclusive classrooms in today’s schools. PreK-4/PreK-8 and Music Education majors primarily. Clustered with ENG-147C/FS-347C - Perspective on Disability One of the experiences that helps define learning and growth is the exposure to people and ideas that are different from the “norm.” For most of us, people with disabilities fall into the category of “outside the norm.” In SED 201, students will learn about the history of special education and different types of disabilities and, in the process, will be asked to challenge their ideas of what is “normal.” In ENG 147, students will examine literary texts and films that feature disabled characters in order to explore the ethical implications of textually representing such persons. Together, these two courses will provide tremendous insight into what disability is, how society visualizes it, how people choose to live with it, and the effects disability may have on individuals and families. Clustered with BIO-112C - Drugs and Disabilities This cluster will pair SED 201, Foundations of Special Education with BIO 112C Pharmacology and Drug Discovery. The SED-201 course provides students with information about various disabilities under IDEA (Individuals Disability Education Act), a federal law. It is an introductory course that covers many disabilities and identifies the etiology, characteristics, and recommendations for classroom practice. An important component of the course is being aware of the medical aspects and common drugs used to treat students with disabilities. The BIO-112, Pharmacology and Drug Discovery is an introductory lab course for non-science majors that cover the scientific, social, and ethical aspects of common drugs used for treating various disabilities. Students will gain knowledge and information about drug interactions, mechanism of action, and side effects that have implications for working with students who have educational disabilities.

 

What can you do with a Childhood Development degree?

Imagine yourself as an elementary teacher, a guidance counselor, a child and youth services specialist, a preschool teacher, or a social worker.