The area of child psychology is an evolving and multi-faceted one and provides valuable insights into child behaviour that can be applied to real-life situations. If you work with children, this course can enhance your personal development or be used as a foundation for further study and/or qualifications. It can also be used as a stepping stone for those after a career change or keen to enter the childcare sector.
The Certificate of Child Psychology is an online program where you will examine and understand normal patterns of childhood growth and how they are applied to certain development areas.
In this professional development course, you will learn about children’s cognitive, emotional, moral, sexual and language development; and study theories from experts including Freud, Piaget and Bowlby.
You will also study the area of socialisation in children, including the development of empathy, self-awareness and perspective, and how family structures, peers and educational settings can be of influence.
On completion of this course, you will have a thorough understanding of how children develop psychologically as they mature, and what factors influence their behaviour and thinking. This will give you valuable insights into why children of different ages behave the way they do and how you might expect them to behave!
Unit: Child Psychology
Introduction to Child Psychology
Levels of development, nature or nurture, isolating hereditary characteristics, cause versus correlation, continuity versus discontinuity, cross sectional and longitudinal studies, reliability of verbal reports
The Newborn Infant
The interactionist approach, range of reaction, niche picking, temperament, stimulus seeking, emotional disturbances during pregnancy
States and Senses of the Infant
Sensory discrimination, infant states (sleep, inactivity, waking, crying, etc.), why psychologists are concerned with defining and describing infant states, habituation, soothing a distressed baby, sensory discrimination, depth perception, oral sensitivity
Habituation, vicarious learning, classical conditioning, operant conditioning, reinforcement, the importance of learning control, etc.
Emotions and Socialisation
Producing and recognising emotional expression, smiling, biological explanation, perceptual recognition, mother-child attachments, Freudian approach, Bowlby’s approach, social learning approach, Harlow’s approach, role of cognition in attachment formation, day care
Developing the ability to reason
Is language ability learned or innate? Social learning approach, hypothesis testing approach, under-extending and over-extending
Measuring intelligence, cultural bias, IQ, testing intelligence as a tool
Socialisation … Part A
Social cognition, self-awareness, awareness of others, development of empathy, taking turns, having a point of view/perspective, social scripts, pretend play
Moral development, aggression and altruism, Freud, Piaget and Kohlberg on moral development
Freud’s psychosexual stages of development (oral phase, anal phase, phallic phase, latent phase, genital phase), gender and role identity, psychosocial development
Socialisation … Part B
Family influence, discipline, siblings, family structures, school influence, peer influence, acceptance and rejection, modelling, reinforcement.
When you study with Australian Online Courses, you will be assessed using a competency-based training method.
Competency-based training focuses on the achievement of skills and knowledge against set criteria to meet industry-standard and is not benchmarked against other students’ work.
In this course, the assessment will be comprised of written assignments and exercises, which may include short answer questions, reports, essays, research projects and reflective tasks.
If you do not achieve a competency result on your first attempt, you have two more attempts to pass your assessment. So, you have three attempts in total to obtain a competency result.
In this way, you can complete your course in your own time and at your own pace with the assistance of unlimited tutor support.
Why Choose Australian Online Courses?
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Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
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No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
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We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Certificate of Attainment/Completion issued for your CV (hard copy provided); and
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 100 hours. We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply).
Can I purchase optional printed materials?
While printed materials are not available for purchase, PDF copies are available for download and self-printing for this program.
When can I start this course?
You can start within 60 minutes during business hours when you enrol and pay in full with a credit card!
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Will I receive a certificate upon completion of this course?
Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Attainment upon successful completion of your assessment.
Do I need to attend classes or undertake any work placements?
No. All courses are delivered online via our e-learning system and there are no work placement requirements in this course.
What support can I expect from Australian Online Courses?
Unlimited tutor support is available throughout your studies via email during business hours Monday to Friday. Our Administrative team are available Monday to Friday via email, live chat and telephone.
I am an international student. Can I enrol into this course?
Yes! We accept enrolments from individuals both within Australia and internationally; location is no barrier to entry into our programs.
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