Child Psychology Course

Accredited Diploma in Child Psychology Course Syllabus Modules

Child Psychology Course Contents

1. What exactly is child psychology?


  • What it is, and what it isn't.
  • The big names in child psychology, from Freud to Piaget.
  • A quick look at the major theories

2. The First Year


  • How babies develop.
  • Milestones in a baby's life.
  • Infants' needs.
  • Infant states, such as sleeping and inactivity.
  • Crying
  • How to soothe a distressed baby.
  • How infants see depth. Their use of the mouth.
  • The social smile.

3. How children form bonds, and why that's important


  • Imprinting. Surrogate mothers.
  • What happens when there's no attachment?
  • Separation and loss.
  • The effect of praise and criticism.
  • Children in institutions.
  • Bed wetting.

4. How can we test our theories of child psychology? Experiments you can try yourself.


  • How experiments work.
  • How to design an investigation.
  • What is a hypothesis, and why is it important?
  • How do we test a hypothesis?
  • All about variables, and how to control them.
  • Making sure your samples are right.

5. How we learn to see


  • How we learn to judge depth and height.
  • How the eye and brain work.
  • Famous experiments.

6. How children learn to talk and communicate


  • The spoken word, voice and gestures.
  • How we compare with apes.

7. Are some children really smarter than others? And if so, in what way?


  • How do we define intelligence?
  • How you can test a child's intelligence.
  • Problems with IQ testing.
  • Is it nature or nurture?
  • Tests on twins separated at birth.
  • Scandals and controversies associated with IQ.
  • Cultural bias.

8. How we do research in child psychology


  • The main types of research. How to collect data.
  • How reliable is the data?
  • How to present your data: tables and graphs.
  • How to interpret your findings.
  • What conclusions can you draw?

9. How do we know what children think, and how they reason?


  • How children perceive the world.
  • Experiments to discover what children think.

10. How children learn


  • Are children conditioned by their upbringing?
  • And from whom do we learn - our friends, parents or school?
  • How can we help them attain their goals.

11. Children' personalities


  • Are there specific types of personality?
  • We examine some theories.

12. Are children moral or immoral?


  • How we define morality.
  • Do children attain a moral sense?
  • How you can tell?
  • How we test moral behaviour and judgement.

13. Are boys and girls really different? And if so, is that innate? Or do we make them so?


  • Is it biology, social environment or the culture?
  • How to help free a child from stereotyping.

14. Why do children get aggressive?


  • Is it nature? What's the psychology behind aggression?
  • Do children learn aggression?
  • TV and video violence.
  • Do children imitate others?
  • Bullying.
  • Are girls less aggressive?
  • How do we reduce aggression?

15. Boys and girls come out to play


  • Why play is important.
  • What do they learn from playing?
  • Play in nursery school.
  • Play therapy.

16. The family


  • Who plays what role in the family?
  • How adult behaviour affects children.
  • Parenting styles.
  • Working mothers - does it have an effect?
  • Absent fathers.
  • How do sisters and brothers affect the child?

17. Going to school


  • What happens to the child at school?
  • How they learn at school.
  • Different types of learning - what kind of learning suits different children?
  • The stages of a child's learning.
  • Peer groups.
  • How children learn (and sometime fail) to socialise, and how to help them.
  • School phobia.

18 & 19. The writing's on the wall: children's behaviour, good and bad.


  • Challenging, problematic and anti-social behaviour.
  • Why it happens
  • How children learn.
  • Why children push boundaries, and how adults can deal with that.
  • How we can affect children's behaviour.
  • Educational psychology.
  • Diagnosing problems.
  • Dealing with gifted children.
  • Supporting children with special needs.
  • Sexual abuse.

20. What's next? Working in child psychology


  • How to get work in child psychology.