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Childhood Development

Course Descriptions

EDU 231C C:Educational Psychology (4.00 SH). This cluster discusses the analysis, comparison, and integration of learning theory applied to teaching and learning practices. Emphasis is placed on the diversity of human learning and includes studies of the various disabilities. Recent research on human learning fields including psychology and the neurosciences is presented. Observed performance of principles learned within the cluster is required through a practicum conducted in diverse settings and other disciplines outside of class hours. The course is required for students majoring in Early Childhood and Special Education, Child and Family Studies, Music Education and Secondary Education minors. Strategies presented can be used in other professions of society; non-majors are welcome.

EDU 562 PreK-8 Field Experience (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. PDE Stage 2 – Exploration: 40 hours.

ELL 206 English Language Learners (3.00 SH). The exploration of language, culture, standards-based instruction, assessment, and professionalism to understand and teach linguistically diverse learners effectively. Careful attention is given to the design of learning environments and curriculum to meet the teacher competencies related to fulfilling the instructional needs of English language learners. Teacher certification students ECE PreK-4/SED PreK-8, 7-12, and PreK-12 are required to take this course. PDE Stage 1 – Observation required: 05-10 hours.

PSY 101 Introduction 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 225 Lifespan Development (4.00 SH). A chronological approach to the study of lifespan development from infancy to old age. This course meets the developmental psychology requirement for nursing majors.Offered every spring semester.

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 Abnormal Child Development (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 201C C:Foundation 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. Includes practicum to be completed outside of class. Meets Social Thought and Tradition Intellectual Perspective requirement (ST).


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.