Student Learning Outcomes
Students in the Child Development program will exhibit knowledge and understanding in six critical areas:
1. Foundations of Child Development
Students will understand the theoretical, empirical and philosophical foundations of the discipline. In addition, students will apply their knowledge while working with children, families and professionals.
2. Child and Environmental Assessment and Study
Students will understand, perform and appreciate multiple forms of child assessment. Students will be able to use qualitative and quantitative methods of assessing children. They will be able to use the information to help identify a child’s strengths, and to develop, implement and evaluate plans of intervention to resolve areas of need.
3. Programs for Children and Families
Students will understand model programs for both children and families, and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum activities. Students will evaluate the impact and efficacy of these programs for children, families and communities.
Students will understand professionalism by demonstrating knowledge, attitudes and skills of those individuals who are committed to understanding and working with children and families. They will demonstrate mastery of communication (reading, writing, listening, computer and speaking skills), leadership, research, assessment and evaluation, and collaboration skills.
5. Critical Thinking
Students will demonstrate an understanding of and ability to apply scientific methods of thinking (including logic and empirical reasoning) about children, families and their well-being. Students will differentiate between their personal and subjective theories about children’s development and scientific theories of development rooted in empirical research and based on best practices. In addition, students will demonstrate both currency in information technology appropriate to the discipline and an understanding of the ethical use of such technology.
6. Developmental Context
Students will understand the multiple environmental contexts in which children grow and develop. Students will appreciate and interpret how social class, parents, families, peers, types of children’s programs, culture, societal changes and communities influence the course of development.
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