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ECD 103 - Infant and Toddler Development

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is an overview of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development from conception through toddlerhood. A range of theoretical viewpoints, research findings, and practical issues are considered within the context of the dynamic nature of development and the uniqueness of each individual child and family.  Professional standards for working with diverse infants, toddlers and their families are stressed.  A weekly field observation in early childhood programs, schools, agencies or therapeutic settings is required.  

Students must have three current clearances: FBI Fingerprint Clearance, a Pennsylvania State Police Criminal History Clearance, and a Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare Child Abuse History Clearance and meet the local requirements of the field placement site, including the National Sex Offender Registry (NSOR) Verification Clearance.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain the development of infants and toddlers.
  2. Describe basic developmental concepts and issues related to infants and toddlers.
  3. Describe patterns of typical physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of infants and toddlers.
  4. Analyze the observed developmental patterns of infants and toddlers in group care settings.
  5. Identify strategies that facilitate physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of infants and toddlers in developmentally and culturally appropriate ways.
  6. Describe health and safety practices important to the development of infants and toddlers.
  7. Compare the developmental needs of infants and toddlers with the Pennsylvania Learning Standards for Early Childhood and the Pennsylvania Keys to Quality Continuum.
  8. Construct a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards-based portfolio with appropriate artifacts.
Listed Topics
  1. Theories of child development related to the study of infants and toddlers
  2. Physical, cognitive, emotional and social development of infants and toddlers
  3. Observational techniques and assessment tools used with infants and toddlers as individuals and in groups
  4. Models of play environments and developmentally appropriate materials and activities for infants and toddlers
  5. Attachment, temperament and resilience
  6. Parenting and care-giving behaviors which promote optimal development
  7. Inclusion of infants and toddlers with special needs
  8. Working with infants and toddlers from linguistically diverse families
  9. Health and safety topics related to infants and toddlers, including nutrition and feeding issues, choking hazards, emergency preparedness, potentially hazardous materials, shaken baby syndrome and SUIDS
  10. Professional ethics, standards and practices
Reference Materials
Standard text and multimedia materials.
Students who successfully complete this course acquire general knowledge, skills and abilities that align with CCAC’s definition of an educated person. Specifically, this course fulfills these General Education Goals:
  • Communication
  • Culture Society & Citizenship
  • Quantitative & Scientific Reasoning
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 03/20/2020
Last Reviewed: 9/23/2022

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