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
Unit 1 – Theories of Human Development
What is adolescence?
Piaget’s theory of cognitive development
Piaget’s stages of development.
Theories of moral development
Erikson’s psycho-social stages
Theoretical approaches and key concepts
Unit 2 – Life crises
So what is a life crisis?
Evaluation of SSC studies
Why might attachment not occur?
Unit 3 – Physical development
What is puberty?
Puberty in females
Hormonal control of puberty in girls
Puberty in males
Hormonal control of puberty in boys
Factors affecting the age of puberty
Unit 4 – Intellectual Development
Piaget’s formal operations stage
Cognitive development and behaviour changes
Brain development during adolescence
Assessing cognitive skills/intelligence
Bullying and cyberbullying
Bullying – the effects on the victim
What can children do if they are being bullied?
Dealing with cyberbullying
The best way to avoid cyberbullying is to –
Parents and carers who suspect a child is being bullied
Being a bully
Unit 5 – Emotional Development
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa
How can anorexia and bulimia affect you?
The role of family in adolescent emotional development
Preparing a child for a death
Typical childhood responses to grief
Supporting a grieving child
Unit 6 – Sexuality
The acquisition of gender identity and sex role identity
Vicarious learning and sexual identity
Social learning and sex-typed behaviour
Gender identity disorders
Causes of GID
Developmental appearance of GID
GID diagnosis and treatment
Talking to teenagers about sex
Bullying and peer pressure
Homosexuality and heterosexuality
Supporting LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual transgender) teenagers
Parents and LGBT teenagers
Unit 7 – Social Development
Denigration of parents
Influence of peers
Group acceptance and popularity
Shyness and loneliness
Dating and relationships
Unit 8 Moral Development
Piaget’s theory of moral development
Stage one: (heteronomous morality)
Stage two: (autonomous morality)
Kohlberg’s theory of moral reasoning
The role of family in moral learning
Other factors influencing the moral development of adolescents
Six pillars of morality
Unit 9 – Delinquency and Crime
Pathways to delinquency
Crime is more likely in adolescence
Drugs, solvents and alcohol
Who are the abusers?
Unit 10 – Adolescence and The Transition to Adulthood
Erikson’s later stages – the transition to adulthood
Estimated duration 50 hours
Course Delivery and Start
Start anytime, self-paced and 100% online
Assessment will be comprised of written exercises, including short-answer questions, reflective tasks, short reports and/or projects. There are no examinations or due dates for assessment. As a result, you can complete training 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;
All course materials provided online – no textbooks to buy;
Unlimited tutor support via email;
We offer twelve (12) months’ access, with extensions available upon application (fees apply);
Course may be tax deductible; see your tax advisor.
Are there any entry requirements or pre-requisites?
There are no entry requirements or pre-requisites for entry into this program.
How long will it take to complete this course?
The approximate study hours for this course is 50 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.