Child Growth, Development, and Learning


  2. A. Course Title: Child Growth, Development, and Learning
    B. Course Number: ED 213G - 30017
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: M 6:00:00 PM - 7:00:00 PM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Newman, Lynda
    G. Office: Mansur Hall (MH) 129C
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2826
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-02:00:00 PM (MST); 5:30:00 PM-6:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 9:15:00 AM-02:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 8:30:00 AM-9:45:00 AM (MST); 1:30:00 PM-1:45:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 7:30:00 AM-8:00:00 AM (MST);
    If you are unable to meet with me during my posted office hours, please feel free to contact me for an appointment.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s): None
    M. Corequisite(s): None
    N. Class Location: MH126

    This basic course in the growth, development, and learning of young children prenatal through age eight, provides students with the theoretical foundation for becoming competent early childhood professionals. The course includes knowledge of how young children grow, develop, and learn. Major theories of child development are integrated with all domains of development, including biological-physical, social, cultural, emotional, cognitive, and language. The adult’s role in supporting each child’s growth, development, and learning is emphasized. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is part of New Mexico Junior College’s education requirements for a Certificate in Early Childhood Education and/or an Associate in Arts degree with emphasis in Early Childhood Education. This course is also a part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. Please note that if a student intends to transfer to another institution, it is the student’s responsibility to verify the transferability of this course with the receiving school or institution.



    Students should purchase the textbook from our NMJC Bookstore (on campus or online) because you will receive a the custom-made loose-leaf text, as well as access to the online supplement (LaunchPad), which is required. The publisher bundled the text with LaunchPad and provided it to us through our bookstore at a discounted price.

    Developing Person Through Childhood
    Kathleen Stassen Berger
    Eighth Edition
    ISBN: 978-1319303686
    (Required: Must have access code for the online supplement "LaunchPad" to complete assignments.)


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    The information below may be adjusted as needed at the discretion of the professor.







    (Number of assignments may vary)

    Practice Tests

    Study Guide Completion Checks

    Discussions (Online courses)

    Attendance/Participation (On campus only)

    Written Assignments (Reports)


    (12) 1 per chapter = 10 points (Multiple attempts/highest score)

    (12) 1 per chapter = 20 points/ea.

    (10) Discussions = 20 points/ea.

    100 points

    (3) Assignments = 100 points/ea.

    (5-6)  Tests (2 chapters/test) = 100 points/ea.



    1.      Grading Schedule:  Depending on the amount of detail in a written assignment, students can normally expect to have written assignments graded within one to two weeks.  Some assignments will be returned more quickly, especially if the information is needed for a subsequent assignment.  Exams are graded upon submission, so students will be able to see their scores and the questions missed immediately. 

    2.      Course Grades:  Students may view their grades and their current average in class through the Canvas Gradebook, which averages the scores as soon as each grade is posted.  The standard NMJC grading scale is utilized. Midterm and Final Grades can also be seen through NMJC’s T-Bird Web-Portal (see website).

    3.      Canvas Messages (use Inbox) – Students can expect me to reply to Canvas messages within 24 hours, Monday – Friday (noon).



    Late work will only be considered under unusual circumstances, deemed unavoidable by the professor, such as an emergency. Students must contact me within ONE WEEK of a missed deadline in order to have a late assignment or make-up test considered. Late work is noted and will not be accepted on a recurring basis. 



    If you are having difficulty at any time during the semester, please contact me as soon as possible.  I will be happy to discuss possible solutions with you.  If you feel you may need to withdraw from the course, please discuss it with me, first.  A student who is unable to successfully complete the course must submit the proper paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline, or is in jeopardy of receiving an “F”.  Please note that it is the student’s responsibility to do so, not the instructor’s.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    The Early Childhood Education program at New Mexico Junior College supports NMJC’s mission of “promoting success through learning”. Our goal is to help students become successful teachers or professionals in fields related to working with young children (birth through 8-years-old). The following will be emphasized in this course and throughout the program:
    • Children’s developmental progress toward competence, interdependence, and socialization
    • The nature of the relationship of children and their teacher as an active learning community, connected to the larger community around them
    • The importance of relationships and communication as teachers collaborate with families and children toward academic success
    • Early childhood curriculum which focuses on children as engaged, excited, curious, and intensely involved in learning experiences that are meaningful to them
    • Early childhood environments grounded in reciprocal relationships with caring teachers who provide authentic learning experiences

    Departmental student learning outcomes for this course are:

    *Students will analyze and evaluate oral and written communication in terms of situation, audience, purpose, aesthetics, and diverse points of view.

    *Students will express a primary purpose in a compelling statement and order supporting points logically and convincingly.

    *Students will use effective rhetorical strategies to persuade, inform, and engage.

    *Students will employ writing and/or speaking processes such as planning, collaborating, organizing, composing, revising, and editing to create presentations using correct diction, syntax, grammar, and mechanics.

    *Students will integrate research correctly and ethically from credible sources to support the primary purpose of a communication.

    *Students will engage in reasoned civic discourse while recognizing the distinctions among opinions, facts, and inferences.


    This course is part of the articulated Universal Catalogue of Courses for Early Childhood Education in the State of New Mexico. The following objectives are taken from the New Mexico State Department of Education’s Common Core Competencies for early childhood professionals (see Common Core Content manual). Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following competencies at the established level of proficiency:

    1. Incorporate understanding of developmental stages, processes, and theories of growth, development, and learning into developmentally appropriate practice. (A.1)
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the interaction between maturation and environmental factors that influence physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and cultural domains in the healthy development of each child. (A.2)
    3. Demonstrate knowledge of the significance of individual differences in development and learning. Demonstrate knowledge of how certain differences may be associated with rate of development and developmental patterns associated with developmental delays and/or specific disabilities. (A.3)
    4. Demonstrate knowledge of the similarities between children who are developing typically and those with diverse abilities. (A.4)
    5. Demonstrate knowledge of the many functions that language serves in the cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of development in the formative years. (A.7)
    6. Demonstrate knowledge of the developmental sequence of language and literacy, including the influence of culture and home factors. (A.8)
    7. Demonstrate knowledge of how children acquire and use verbal, non-verbal, and alternative means of communication. (A.9)
    8. Demonstrate knowledge of the relationship among emotions, behaviors, and communication skills to assist children in identifying and expressing their feelings in appropriate ways. (A.10)
    9. Use appropriate guidance to support the development of self-regulatory capacities in young children. (A.11)

  11. I. New Student Orientation Video Transcript

    II. Basic Computer Skills: How to use an email account, how to attach, upload, and download files. How to view, save, rename, and print files. Have basic word processing skills and are familiar with using different web browsers

    III. Canvas Technical Requirements

    IV. Technology Requirements for Students: A Desktop or Laptop that is no more than five years old, has at least Windows 7 or MAC OSX 10.6 with 1 GB of memory, 2.4 GHz Processor, has a webcam and a microphone. The Internet speed is between 5 to 10 Mbps per second.

    V. Technical and Academic Support

    Call the 24/7 Canvas Help Desk at (575) 399-2199 for assistance and have your course CRN (ex. 10023) and your Username available.

    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.


    1.    How to get “into the course” and find assignments and tests: 

    ·         Log-in to Canvas from the NMJC Home Page.  Then click on your course listed in a colored box. DO NOT click “Do List” (you will see on the right) because you will miss the important pages of information and instructions I have included in the module, which do not show up in the Do List. 

    ·         Check:  When you are actually "in the course," you will see a grey box with the course title and my name.  Click Modules (on left) to find assignments/tests.

    2.    Important - How do we “talk” to each other? 

    ·         Messages - Check your Inbox each time you log-in for questions from me or information about assignments.  

    ·         I highly recommend you connect your Canvas Inbox to your personal e-mail:  Go to “Account” (red menu on left), click “Profile,” and link your Canvas Inbox messages to your personal e-mail.  If you have your personal e-mail connected to your phone, then you will receive any messages from me right away.

    ·         How to contact me:  Use your Canvas Inbox when you need reach me.  I check my messages daily Monday - Friday (noon), so you should hear from me in less than 24 hours.  If not, please send it to me, again.  (Something is unusual or I somehow missed it.)  When you receive a message, you’ll see a number appear in your Inbox. 

    ·         Important:  Feedback on Assignments – Check for comments I have written either in the Comment Box and/or the feedback directly on your reports. You may have missed something or need to know something before submitting your next report. 

    ·         Go to Grades –

    ·         Click on the assignment name

    ·         Read comment in grey box

    ·         Then click “View Feedback” on page to left of comment

    ·         Click on message icon to see comments written to you in boxes with a line and arrow connecting it to a specific spot in your report.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether it’s a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  17. COURSE OUTLINE Class Outline/Schedule


    ü  The following is a general outline (tentative) and may be adjusted as the semester progresses for holidays and at the discretion of the instructor to best meet the needs of the students. 

    ü  Online students see Modules” in Canvas for specific and up-to-date assignments.





    Week 1

    Part I –

    The Beginnings

    (Text:  Prenatal)

    Introduction to course:

    ·         NMJC webpage – Click on Canvas on right

    ·         Before logging into Canvas, work through the “Canvas Student Orientation) under blank boxes

    ·         Log-into Canvas

    ·         Course & Groupsŕclick on this course

    ·         Modules (menu column on left) – Work through the assignments in the following modules:

    o   Course Information

    o   Module Zero

    o   Week 1


    Chapter 1 – Introduction

    Week 2


    Chapter 2 – Theories

    Week 3

    Chapter 4 – Prenatal Development and Birth

    Week 4


    Part II –

    The First Two Years

    (Text:  Newborn – 2)

    Chapter 5 – The First Two Years:  Biosocial Development

    Week 5



    Chapter 6 – The First Two Years:  Cognitive Development

    Week 6



    Chapter 7 – The First Two Years:  Psychosocial Development

    Week 7



    To be discussed

    Week 8


    Part III –

    Early Childhood

    (Text:  Ages 2-6)

    Chapter 8 – Early Childhood:  Biosocial Development

    Week 9



    To be discussed

    Week 10




    Chapter 9 – Early Childhood:  Cognitive Development

    Week 11



    Chapter 10 – Early Childhood:  Psychosocial Development

    Week 12


    To be discussed

    Week 13

     Part IV –

    Middle Childhood

    (Text: Ages 6-11)

    Chapter 11 – Middle Childhood:  Biosocial Development


    Week 14


    Chapter 12 – Middle Childhood :  Cognitive Development

    Week 15


    To be discussed

    Week 16


    Chapter 13 – Middle Childhood:  Psychosocial Development

    Week 17

    Finals Week

    Due:  Final Exam