HDFS 410 - Socioemotional Development in Childhood

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Socioemotional development in children and the influence of biology and socialization within diverse family, school and cultural contexts. Evidence-based practices for helping professionals who will serve children ages 3 - 8.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Explain and apply theories of social and emotional development in preschool and early elementary-aged children (ages 3-8)
  • Summarize and apply research on socialization and socioemotional development during childhood.
  • Apply socioemotional processes and theory to a topic of interest in the field of child development.
  • Synthesize evidence-based practices for young children that help prevent challenging behaviors while fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.
  • Evaluate evidence-based practices for inclusion of young children with socioemotional or behavioral health differences.
  • Summarize information on child maltreatment etiology, outcomes, and intervention and evaluate the effectiveness of child welfare and intervention programs for maltreated youth.


HDFS 310 (Infant and Child Development in Context) and completion of 60 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.


  • Child, Family, School, Community: Socialization and Support, 10th Ed. (2016)
    Berns, R.M.
  • Guiding Children's Social and Emotional Development: A Reflective Approach (2014)
    Katz, J.E.

Please check the CSU bookstore and class syllabus for information about additional required textbooks. No additional materials besides textbooks are required for this course.