Course Descriptions

HDCD 5301 Child Development (3 semester hours) Introduction to psychological theory and research on physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements for HDCD, ACN, and COMD programs. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5302 Educational Psychology (3 semester hours) This course introduces the psychological theories and research underlying various teaching strategies and provides a framework for understanding student cognitive and motivational development. Emphasis will be on applications in actual teaching behavior. This course assumes an introductory background in child development. (3-0) S
HDCD 5303 Exceptional Children (3 semester hours) Introduction to the characteristics of exceptional children and their education, including children with disabilities (learning, emotional/behavioral, communication and physical) as well as those who are gifted. The causes and assessment of exceptionality are examined, along with educational and social policy considerations. This course assumes an introductory background in child development. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5304 Cognitive Development (3 semester hours) A contrast of Piagetian, behaviorist, and information-processing approaches to the development of cognitive processes during childhood. This course assumes an introductory background in child development. Cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements for HDCD, ACN, and COMD programs. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5311 The Developing Child: Infants and Toddlers (3 semester hours) Review of relevant developmental theories and processes as well as skills acquired in motor, sensory-perceptual, cognitive, and social domains from the prenatal period through 18 months of age. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5312 (HCS 6356) Atypical Development (3 semester hours) Disorders of development from conception to age three, emphasizing etiology, diagnosis and treatment. Impact of delays in the acquisition and integration of various developmental skills as they relate to specific disorders of personality and socialization, sensory and motor skills, and language and cognition. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5315 Assessment Theory (3 semester hours) Latest developments in the field of infant/toddler assessment, including behavioral observation, contextual multi-faceted assessment, and inclusion of the family. Traditional psychometrics and assessment tools/techniques. Pre- or corequisite: HDCD 5311. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5316 Developmental Assessment (3 semester hours) Play-based and family assessment protocols. Diagnostic classification through differential diagnosis decision-making. Emphasis on interpretation and integration of diagnostic information. Prerequisites: HDCD 5311, 5315. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5320 Service Coordination of Community Resources (3 semester hours) Policies and procedures pertinent to service coordination of community resources in early intervention and family-centered practices that help families become more independent. (3-0) Y
HDCD 5330 Intervention Paradigms (3 semester hours) Historical , theoretical, political, and research bases for approaches to early intervention with at-risk and handicapped infants, toddlers, and preschoolers and their families. Insights gained from research on effectiveness of early intervention. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6310 Parent Education (3 semester hours) Skills needed by professionals to assess parents’ strengths, resources and needs as well as to assist parents in understanding and promoting their children’s development and adjustment. Includes effective communication techniques, basic counseling skills, and strategies to enhance parental effectiveness within the family and community. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6320 The Developing Child: Toddler and Preschool Years (18 Months to Five Years) (3 semester hours) Developmental sequences of motor, cognitive, and social skills from 18 months to 5 years. Relevant developmental theories will also be discussed. Prerequisite: HDCD 5311. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6360 Behavior Management (3 semester hours) Observational methodology in behavioral assessment and a review of principles and procedures of behavior change from social learning and applied behavior analysis perspectives . Particular attention will be given to the design, implementation, and evaluation of behavioral interventions with children and families. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6370 Infant Intervention (3 semester hours) Methods and procedures for facilitating development of high risk or handicapped infants through relationship-based intervention. Reviews the contributions and perspectives of various early intervention disciplines. Students design infant intervention programs. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6380 Precursors to Development of Literacy (3 semester hours) The acquisition of linguistic skills antecedent to early reading and the problems of acquisition of reading during early school years. Prerequisite: HDCD 6320. (3-0) R
HDCD 6395 Medical and Biobehavioral Factors in Early Childhood Disorders (3 semester hours) The normal functioning of organ systems and the most common malformations, dysfunctions, and diseases. Effects of these disorders on the child and family are studied. (3-0) Y
HDCD 6V81 Special Topics in Human Development and Early Childhood Disorders (1-9 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. ([1-9]-0) S
HDCD 7V20 Professional and Ethical Practice (3 or 6 semester hours)(P/F grading) Supervised participation in early intervention settings, including professional activities such as assessment, intervention, service coordination and interdisciplinary teaming. Weekly seminars address reflective practice as a tool for professional growth, ethical decision making in real situations, and professional use of self. Taken for 3 hours credit coincident with practicum placement and for 6 hours credit coincident with internship placement. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. May be repeated for credit. (3-0 or 6-0) S
HDCD 7350 Advanced Seminar in Early Childhood Disorders (3 semester hours) Selected topics will vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit. (3-0) Y