HDFS 310 - Infant and Child Development in Context

  • 3 credits
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This course will explore human development from conception through middle childhood (age 12). Students will learn how humans develop physically, cognitively, and socially to gain the ability to reason, speak, and form relationships. Students will also become familiar with theories and research relevant to the study and practices related to infant and child development.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Examine the principal processes and core developmental theories related to both typical and atypical child development from conception through age 12 years.
  • Identify, examine, and, when appropriate, appraise contextual frameworks that may influence infant and childhood development.
  • Access, critically appraise, and apply diverse forms of information (e.g., websites, Internet sources, parenting information, and other media sources) regarding infant and child development.
  • Examine current empirical research and identify potential gaps in research relevant to infant and child development.
  • Critically evaluate and apply research methods and concepts used in empirical research related to infant and child development and relevant contexts (e.g., family, school).
  • Demonstrate effective written skills and discussion skills appropriate to the field of infant and child development topics.
  • Demonstrate the ability to both differentiate and acknowledge diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives in infant and child development topics.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, as relevant to infant and child development.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); completion of 30 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, you ensure you are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.

Textbooks and Materials

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)
    American Psychological Association
  • The Developing Person Through Childhood (2018)
    Berger, Kathleen S.
  • The Whole-Brain Child: 12 Revolutionary Strategies to Nurture (2011)
    Siegel, Daniel J. and Bryson, Tina P.

***The textbook will be available as part of the Inclusive Access Program through the CSU bookstore. The e-text will be embedded in the Canvas course and will be available from the start of class. Online assignments and use of the e-text are required for the course. You will not need to purchase the text in advance.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

(970) 227-0354 | Day.Halsey@colostate.edu

Day Halsey is Senior Instructor faculty meember in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU for 11 years. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.

Jaime Rotner
Jaime Rotner

(970) 491-3971 | jaime.rotner@colostate.edu

Jaime Rotner is an instructor in the HDFS deparment. She has been teaching various courses for 8 years. Her areas of interest are early childhood and adolescent development, parenting, relational proceses, attachment and risk/reslience.

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