Child Growth and Development 1 (AIMO638)

1-3 Units
Credit Validation

Course Description

Credit Validation for the Montessori Institute of San Diego (MISD)

This course will provide the student with the knowledge and understanding of basic principles in Anatomy, Physiology, Hygiene, Obstetrics and Nutrition as they relate to the development of the child from birth to six years. Focus will be on understanding how the body works, healthy and safe hygiene, and basic facts of human reproduction, conception, pregnancy and postnatal growth and nutrition which are vital to the child's development, in both the home and community environments from birth to three years. Emphasis will be on Montessori's principles for the healthy development of the child.

Course Details

Number of Units: 1.0 or 3.0 graduate level extension credit(s) in semester hours, choose one option only

Who Should Attend: This course provides continuing education for educators.



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What You Will Learn

  • Learn basic concepts of Anatomy and Physiology and principles of growth and physical development in relation to his/her environment
  • Explain and apply principles of hygiene as well as theories and research which support healthy and balanced development
  • Understand Obstetrics in order to guide and cooperate with mothers during the prenatal and postnatal periods. They will learn both the essential principles and additional theories and research which support the child from conception to three years
  • Identify different approaches to nutrition for the child from birth to six years, and the relationship that exists between the adult and child regarding food
  • Understand the role of the home environment and the prepared environment (classroom) in the child's learning process form birth to six years
  • Examine diverse approaches to pregnancy, birth and postnatal development among other cultures and also between the Montessori educational environment and more traditional childcare settings
  • Describe which needs of the child are satisfied by the family and home environment, and which ones are met by the Montessori educational environment


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Credit Validation

The University of San Diego’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education offers graduate-level extension credit for work completed in trainings, workshops, conferences, induction, credentials, and other professional development programs not offered directly by USD. Complete one of the above and a member of our division will help you earn credit for your hard work and dedication to continuing your education.

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