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 1 - 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
Unit 2 -The newborn infant
Theories of newborn psychology
Temperament – nature or nurture
The perinatal environment
Emotional disturbances during pregnancy
Unit 3 - States and senses of the infant
Sensory discrimination (sound, smell and visual)
Infant states (sleep, inactivity, waking, crying)
Soothing a distressed baby
Unit 4 - Learning
How children learn
Consequences and timing
Unit 5 - Emotions and socialisation
Emotions in early childhood
Origins of smiling
Responding to babies
Role of cognition in attachment formation
Unit 6 - Cognitive Development
Piaget’s theory and cognitive structural development
The importance of play
Implications of Piaget’s theories
Cognitive processing theory
Memory improvement strategies
Unit 7 - Language Development
Is language ability learned or innate?
Social learning approach
Hypothesis testing approach
How speech develops
Helping babies talk
One to two years
From age 3
Why things sometimes go wrong
Unit 8 - Intelligence
Interaction of nature and nurture
The nature of intelligence
Parental influences on intelligence
Testing intelligence as a tool
Unit 9 - Socialisation … Part A
awareness of others
Having a point of view/perspective
Unit 10 - Morality
Freud’s approach to moral development
Post conventional level
Raising morally mature children
Pro-social or altruistic behaviour
Age-related changes in aggression
Unit 11 - Sexuality
Freud’s psychosexual stages of development
Gender and role identity
Unit 12 - Socialisation … Part B
Acceptance and rejection
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?
Professional development that is widely recognised and respected;
Improve your employment opportunities;
Study online, anywhere via our elearning system;
High-quality professional development programs written by industry experts;
No entry requirements;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support;
Easy to understand course content;
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!
Credit card: Within 60 mins during business hours.
BPAY: Within 1-2 working days.
Internet Banking: Within 1-2 working days.
Cheque/Money Order: Upon receipt of mailed cheque.
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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