The study of human development is integral to the fields of nursing, education and psychology. But it’s also useful for understanding your own lifetime development and that of your children.
The Certificate of Developmental Psychology is an online professional development course that will explore the physical, mental, emotional and social development of the individual throughout infancy, childhood and adulthood.
In this online developmental psychology course you will discover major theories and research methods of study in developmental psychology, with an emphasis on understanding how biological, cognitive, emotional, and social processes develop and interact throughout the lifespan.
Specific topics include prenatal care and growth, attention and memory, language development, cognitive development, development of attachments, moral development, and gender-role development.
On completion of this course, you will have a solid foundation of the principles and theories of developmental psychology and will be able to apply them to your profession or personal life.
Unit: Developmental Psychology
Theoretical approaches and key concepts
Lifelong growth, nature/nurture theories …psychodynamic, behavioural, social cognitive, cognitive, lifespan
Cognitive & social development in the first 6 years
Genetics, personality, cognition, recognition, memory, social relationships;
Cognitive, moral & social development in the school years
Motor skills, cognitive and language development, relationships with family and peers, moral development
Challenges of middle childhood
School and learning, sense of self, achievement, peer pressure, family breakup, grief and trauma
Cognitive, moral and social development
Cognitive development, moral development, identity, relationships with family and peers;
Challenges of adolescence
Sexuality, peer groups, identity vs role confusion, trauma, depression, values and meaning
Cognitive and psychosocial development in early and middle adulthood
Sexuality, parenthood. work and achievement, moral reasoning, gender roles, cultural perspectives, adult thinking
Challenges of adulthood
Marriage and divorce, grief, depression, parenting, dealing with change
Loss, mourning, depression and elderly suicide, aging brain … dementia etc, integrity vs despair, loss of independence.
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;
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. 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.