Infant and Toddler Development and Care

EDUC X 321.71

This online course introduces cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development of children from birth through 36 months. Students will learn appropriate, inclusive, and respectful care practices.  


What you can learn.

  • Identify developmental milestones and characteristics of children from birth through 36 months
  • Learn to apply principles of inclusive and respectful caregiving with infants and toddlers
  • Create developmentally appropriate learning environments for very young children

About this course:

In this course, students learn about the development of infants and toddlers and associated principles of inclusive and respectful caregiving. This course focuses on factors affecting the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the young child in the first three years. The course covers developmental milestones, characteristics, and growth patterns of children from conception through 36 months. Essential policies; principles; and practices that lead to quality care, developmentally appropriate curriculum, and environments for children are examined. Topics include current brain research, infant health and well-being, recognition of atypical development, observation techniques, assessment strategies, and ways to communicate with parents and implement home visits. Students apply current theory and research to the care and education of infants and toddlers in group settings as they study infant/toddler development. Students are required to observe young children. Letter grade of C or better required for California permits.

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This course applies towards the following certificates & specializations…

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