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Child Learning and Development Course Descriptions

CLDP 3194 Research and Evaluation Laboratory (1 semester hour) Laboratory that accompanies CLDP 3394. Student gains hands-on experience in research design, computer data analysis, and report writing. Must co-enroll in CLDP 3394. (0-3) S
CLDP 3303 Normal Language Development (3 semester hours) The development of language and communication, including phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with emphasis on theories and historical perspectives. (Same as SPAU 3303) (3-0) S
CLDP 3310 Child Development (3 semester hours) Introduction to psychological theory and research on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Credit given for only one of CLDP/PSY 3310 or CLDP/PSY 4334. (Same as PSY 3310) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3332 Social and Personality Development (3 semester hours) The study of the forces affecting the socialization of children. Emphasis is placed on children's interactions with others and how this influences their development in such areas as self-concept, identity, and morality. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3332) (3-0) S
CLDP 3336 Infancy (3 semester hours) Examines the period of human life between birth and the onset of language. While attention is given to evidence for the genetic endowment of humans, the main focus is the role of the environment in development and on the long-term consequences of particular patterns of development in infancy. Daycare and its effects are discussed. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3336) (3-0) R
CLDP 3338 Adolescence (3 semester hours) Covers physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of adolescents. Topics include puberty, identity development, family processes, peers, schools, achievement and adolescent problems. (Same as PSY 3338) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3339 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. (Same as ED/PSY 3339) (3-0) S
CLDP 3342 Exceptional Children (3 semester hours) Examines 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. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3342 and SPAU 4325) (3-0) S
CLDP 3343 Children in a Changing World (3 semester hours) Issues relevant to childhood in the 20th century. Topics include day care, divorce, parenting styles, and parental leave. The influence of social policy, socioeconomic factors, and family structure on childrearing will be discussed. (3-0) Y
CLDP 3362 Cognitive Development (3 semester hours) A contrast of Piagetian, behaviorist, and information-processing approaches to the development of cognitive processes throughout childhood. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3362) (3-0) S
CLDP 3365 Child Learning (3 semester hours) Examines the nature of child learning and implications for improving the teaching and learning process. Major theories and research on conditioning paradigms, learning and remembering, attention, knowledge representation and retrieval, and problem solving. Illustrations of how theses processes relate to teaching and the acquisition of expertise in content areas such as reading, mathematics, and science. Child assessment, identification of learning styles, and tests and measurements are also considered. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (3-0) Y
CLDP 3366 Motivation and Achievement (3 semester hours) Examines theories and research on achievement and achievement motivation. Topics include methods of assessing school achievement, theories of achievement motivation, sociocultural and situational influences. Also explores classroom applications. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3339. (Same as PSY 3366) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3394 Research and Evaluation Methods (3 semester hours) Students gain experience in all phases of behavior science research, including study design, measurement, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. The course covers the fundamental concepts of the psychometrics of measurement and testing, as well as foundations of experimental and non-experimental designs in research and evaluation. Prerequisite: PSY 2317 or STAT 1342. Must co-enroll in CLDP 3194. (3-0) S
CLDP 4308 Language Disorders in Children (3 semester hours) Language impairment in children, including etiology, characteristics, and treatment procedures with special emphasis on factors that interfere with normal development of language skills. Prerequisite: CLDP/SPAU 3303 or consent of instructor. (Same as SPAU 4308) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4334 Lifespan Development (3 semester hours) Covers physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development throughout the human life span. Topics include development of the brain, information processing, self development, attachment family processes, and aging. Credit given for only one of CLDP/PSY 3310 or CLDP/PSY 4334. (Same as PSY 4334) (3-0) S
CLDP 4344 Child Psychopathology (3 semester hours) Present various views of clinical issues in childhood from sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspectives. Historical views of children are examined in terms of the evolution of current perspectives in childhood psychopathology. Prerequisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 4344) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4345 Violence in the Family (3 semester hours) Explores the area of family violence with primary emphasis on the problems of spouse abuse and child abuse. Analysis of each of these areas of family violence focuses specifically on the epidemiology of the problem, characteristics of the families, etiological theories, and treatment approaches. (Same as PSY 4345) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4347 Marriage and Family Psychology (3 semester hours) Examines family life styles from sociopsychological viewpoint with stress on personal awareness, growth and satisfaction in interpersonal relations. Research topics include dating, mate selection, communication, sexual adjustment, parenting, cohesion and adaptability, and divorce. (Same as PSY 4347) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4375 Honors Seminar (3 semester hours) A course for students who conduct undergraduate thesis research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The seminar explores the different types of thesis research, current research opportunities in the school, and appropriate techniques for writing the thesis proposal and final thesis report. Broader issues of professional development are also explored. Permission of Associate Dean required. This course is required for all students seeking School Honors (minimum GPA of 3.4 and 30 hours at UTD). (Same as CGS 4375, NSC 4375, PSY 4375, and SPAU 4375) (3-0) Y

Special Topics

Topics under the following course numbers vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered.

CLDP 4V90 Special Topics in Child Learning and Development (1-6 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered. May be repeated for credit as topics vary (9 hours maximum). (Same as CGS 4V90, NSC 4V90, PSY 4V90, and SPAI 4V90) ([1-6] -0) R

Independent Study

The following independent study courses are advanced individualized learning experiences to be arranged with a supervising professor or course coordinator. Open only to qualified students by consent of instructor. Students must make appropriate arrangements with the professor or coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester (preferably at least six weeks ahead). Permission forms are available in the Associate Dean's office. Students may enroll in no more than a total of 6 semester credit hours of Independent Study courses during one semester, and may take as Independent Study a maximum of 20 percent of the total hours of course work undertaken at UT Dallas, or 12 semester credit hours, whichever is smaller.

CLDP 4394 Internship (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an applied setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week at an approved community agency or business of the student's choice. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relevant to their experiences. Open to students in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.50 who have reached junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours). Apply for placements on the BBS website. Graded Credit/No Credit only. (Same as CGS 4394, NSC 4394, PSY4394 and SPAU 4396,) (3-0) S
CLDP 4395 Co-op Fieldwork (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an approved business or government setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week. Students will keep a journal of their workplace experience, maintain contact with the instructor, and prepare a written report that focuses on the accomplishments and insights gained through their co-op experience. Credit will not be awarded retroactively. Graded Credit/No Credit only. (Same as CGS/PSY 4395) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4V96 Teaching Internship (1-3 semester hours) Students work individually with faculty member in preparing and presenting course materials and tutoring students. Must have completed the relevant course with a grade of at least B and have a UT Dallas GPA of at least 3.00. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. Can be repeated for a total of 6 semester hours. ([1-3]-0) S
CLDP 4397 Honors Thesis (3 semester hours) An independent study in which the student writes an honors thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. (3-0) S
CLDP 4V98 Directed Research (1-3 semester hours) Student assists faculty with research projects or conducts a research project under weekly faculty supervision. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit (6 hours maximum). ([1-3] -0) S
CLDP 4V99 Individual Study (1-3 semester hours) Student studies advanced topics under weekly faculty direction and writes a paper turned in to the Associate Dean. Graded Credit/No Credit only. May be repeated for credit ( 6 hours maximum). ([1-3] -0) S