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HDFS 320 - Cognitive and Language Development

  • 3 credits
  • Online

The purpose of this course is to increase the student's knowledge and understanding of the development of language and cognition in early childhood.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Understand core issues related to cognitive development in young children (e.g., domain-general versus domain-specific abilities, nature and nurture, stability of intelligence).
  • Compare how different theories explain cognitive and language development.
  • Understand how various cognitive skills (e.g., perception, attention, memory, problem solving, social cognition) develop in young children.
  • Synthesize mechanisms of cognitive development with processes of language development.
  • Understand different facets of communication development in infancy, toddlerhood, and early childhood.
  • Compare atypical pathways in cognitive and language development to normative patterns.
  • Apply knowledge of cognitive and language development to effective educational practice.

This course can be applied toward:


HDFS 310 ( Infant and Child Development in Context) or PSY 260 (Child 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.