Theories Of Growing And Learning – edd557 (3 credits)

This course examines growing and learning theories from birth through adolescence. The stages of life and the developmental domains including physical, language, cognitive, and emotional, social, and moral are emphasized. In addition, participants explore investigative methods and research processes in human development.

This graduate-level course is 6 weeks. To enroll, speak with an Enrollment Representative.

Language Development

  • Compare the language development of diverse populations.
  • Differentiate language development theories.
  • Describe how language development relates to social and cognitive development.
  • Describe the components of language development.

Cognitive Development and Intellectual Power

  • Analyze the stages of cognitive development from birth through adolescence.
  • Describe intellectual power and its measurement.
  • Explain the effect of intellectual power on learning.

Emotional, Social, and Moral Development of the Concept of Self Development

  • Describe emotional development from birth through adolescence.
  • Analyze the relationship of self-concept and social development to student learning and behavior.
  • Explain the development of moral reasoning and self-control from birth through adolescence.


  • All objectives apply.

Fundamental Theories and Investigative Methods

  • Compare fundamental human development theories.
  • Describe research processes used in the field of human development.
  • Identify ethical issues in the human development field.

Physical Development

  • Describe how physical development relates to social and cognitive development.
  • Analyze physical development from birth through adolescence.

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