Development and Learning

Course Description

Focuses on the cognitive, social, and emotional development of children from both theoretical and practical perspective. This course includes an introduction to learning theory and practice and its relationship to student achievement and motivation.

Learning Outcomes

  • Knowledge: To recognize and define foundational concepts of various development and learning theories.
  • Skills: To analyze and constructively criticize theoretical components relative to individual differences, social contexts, and cultural influences. To apply various theoretical approaches based on the needs of the individual or group of learners.
  • Disposition: To determine the overall usefulness of a particular theory in a specific context-based on the needs of the students candidates teach.


Why Choose National University?

We’re proud to be a Veteran-founded, San Diego-based nonprofit. Since 1971, our mission has been to provide accessible, achievable higher education to adult learners. Today, we educate students from across the U.S. and around the globe, with over 230,000 alumni worldwide.

Four-Week Courses

Focus on one subject at a time — one month at a time — and finish your degree faster.

75+ Degree Programs

Choose from associate, bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, plus credentials and certificates.

On Campus or Online

Study when and where it’s convenient for you with evening, weekend, and 100% online classes.

Year-Round Enrollment

Apply or transfer any time. Classes start monthly, and applications are accepted year round.

20+ Locations

Attend class and learn onsite at one of over 20 locations in California.

Military Friendly

As a Yellow Ribbon school, we offer tuition discounts to servicemembers and dependents.