Human Development and Learning

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Course Description:
This course is designed to cover myriad learning theories as they apply to student development, learning styles, learning ability as well as disabilities. Students will be afforded the opportunity to explore varying ideologies relative to intelligence and intellectual assessment. Students will link these theories to behaviors observed in the classroom.


Course Details


PSY 2012 or consent of the department.



Dr. Heather Pilcher



Required textbooks/ course materials:

John W. Santrock. Educational Psychology, 7th Edition.  McGraw-Hill, ISBN: 9781260237771


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

E – 1   Designs and plans effective instructional lessons.

E – 2   Maintains a student-centered learning environment that is safe, organized, equitable, flexible, inclusive and collaborative.

E – 3   Delivers and facilitates effective instruction.

E – 4   Analyzes and applies data from multiple assessments to diagnose learning needs and inform instruction.

E – 5   Designs purposeful professional goals for continuous improvement to strengthen instructional effectiveness and impact student learning.

E – 6   Practices professional responsibility and ethical conduct and fulfills expected obligations to students, the public, and the education profession.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Describe how students learn and develop and provide learning opportunities that support their intellectual, social, emotional, moral, and physical development.

Evaluate various approaches to learning and determine how to apply them effectively in the classroom.

Evaluate various developmental and learning theories to design the most effective methods of instruction.

Incorporate knowledge of how the brain processes information to design effective strategies to help students with retention of information, retrieval, and transfer of knowledge.

Recognize individual learning styles and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all learners.

Describe cultural, physical, social, economic, and/or mental differences in children to encourage the highest achievement for each child. 

Recognize overt signs of child abuse, alcohol and drug abuse, and severe emotional distress and will know to whom such observation should be reported.

E – 1 2.a.1.c


E – 1  2.a.1.c

E – 1  2.a.1.c

E – 1  2.a.1.c


E – 6, FEAP 2.b.2

7.1.2 Rubric, 7.2.2 Rubric, Writing Assignments & Quizzes, Exam

11.3.1 Rubric, Writing Assignments & Quizzes, Exam


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Log in and participate in class regularly.
  • Read all assigned material before class.
  • Study in-class notes and online Canvas materials.
  • Complete assigned projects in a timely manner to enable reflections and revisions on the final product.
  • Seek opportunities to practice teaching skills through tutoring and substituting in K-12 schools.
  • Collaborate with peers and other professionals.


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