ECSE 505: Early Learning and Development in Young Children With and Without Disabilities
In this course, students develop a contextually based understanding of child development from conception to age five. They examine various theories and research on the issues of child development, focusing particularly on the impact of risk and protective factors on early development. They consider typical and atypical developmental pathways in relation to their implications for children's learning. Students learn the etiologies, behavioral characteristics, range of developmental outcomes, and family impact associated with various disabilities and childhood disorders. They learn methods for observing and interpreting the physical, motor, cognitive and socio/emotional development of children and develop intervention strategies that are best suited to meet the individualized learning needs of young children with and without disabilities.
Prerequisites: FCST 214 or 512 or equivalent