This course examines the normative and non-normative influences on the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development of children from conception to age 12. Special emphasis is given to the contextual influences on child development such as family, peers, schools, poverty, and social policy. Contemporary research in developmental areas such as the self, intelligence, emotions, parenting styles, learning, and motivation as they relate to the educational process are addressed. Learning the basic progression of development will help you have a deeper understanding of physical, emotional, cognitive, and contextual growth of children, improve your ability to understand and interact with children, and advance your critical thinking skills. Child Psychology may be required for some early childhood education certificates or programs and is a popular elective for many transfer students interested in a degree in psychology or teaching. Potential careers include early childhood specialist, paraeducator, teacher, guidance counselor, and art therapist.