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HDFS 318 - Infancy and Toddlerhood

  • 3 credits
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Physical, cognitive, language, and socio-emotional development from pre-birth through 36 months, with an emphasis on applied settings.

Course Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the course of physical, cognitive, language, and socioemotional development from pre-birth through 36 months and apply this knowledge to observations in the classroom.
  • Compare and contrast different theories of infant and toddler development.
  • Apply theories of development and current research-based knowledge to best practices in working with infants and toddlers.
  • Discuss the concept of responsive caregiving in infancy and toddlerhood and apply it to best practices in working with infants and toddlers.
  • Compare atypical pathways in infant/toddler development to normative patterns.
  • Apply information about physical, cognitive, socioemotional, and language development to effective educational practice.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) or Child Psychology

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

Please check the CSU Bookstore for textbook information. Textbook listings are available at the CSU Bookstore about 3 weeks prior to the start of the term.


Day Halsey
Day Halsey

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Day Halsey is a Senior Instructor faculty member in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She has taught HDFS courses at CSU since 2007. Her interests include early childhood development and education, creativity development, and 21st century learning and environments.