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HDFS 410 - Promoting Early Socioemotional Development

  • 3 credits
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Social and emotional development in children ages 3-8 years, atypical and typical development, developmental theories and models, risk and protective factors, evidenced-based programs, and empirically validated teaching strategies for preventing challenging behaviors and fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.

Course Objectives:
1. Explain and apply theories of social and emotional development in preschool and early elementary-aged children (ages 3-8 years)
2. Summarize and apply research on socialization and socioemotional development during childhood.
3. Synthesize evidence-based practices for young children that help prevent challenging behaviors while fostering adaptive social skills and emotion regulation.
4. Evaluate evidence-based practices for inclusion of young children with socioemotional or behavioral health differences.
5. 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) 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

Section 801


  • Etext available in Canvas Course
  • Challenging Behavior in Young Children: Understanding, Preventing, and Responding Effectively, 4th Ed. (2017)
    Kaiser, B. & Rasminsky, J.

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

Please check the class syllabus for information about additional required textbooks. 


Jennifer Reinke
Jennifer Reinke

Dr. Jennifer Reinke is an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies Department at CSU. She is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, a Certified Family Life Educator, and co-editor of Family Life Education: The Practice of Family Science. Dr. Reinke’s scholarly interests are centered around the scholarship of teaching and learning in family science.