COVID-19 information and resources
Douglas College wordmark
Facebook logo Twitter logo Instagram logo Snapchat logo YouTube logo Wordpress logo
back to search

Advanced Growth and Development: Individual Planning for Children with Diverse Abilities

Course Code: ECED 2401
Faculty: Child, Family & Community Studies
Credits: 3.0
Semester: Flexible delivery ranging over 1 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course will provide students with a basis for planning individual quality programs for infants, toddlers and for children requiring extra support. Students will apply their knowledge of child growth and development and individual differences using a case study approach.

Course Content

The following global ideas guide the design and delivery of this course:

  1. Understanding of individual differences in maturation and growth among infants, toddlers and children requiring extra support is necessary for program planning.
  2. Individual differences and special conditions and needs will effect the child’s development and impact upon the circumstances of the family.
  3. The unique characteristics of the family and culture in which the child is raised will affect the course of the child’s development.
  4. Gender, temperament, and learning styles are biologically and socially mediated and to varying degrees will affect the course of the child’s development.
  5. Early Childhood Educators must be familiar with a variety of assessment tools that can be critically evaluated and used selectively to provide information for individual planning.
  6. Individual planning involves the application of a number of principles and components.
  7. Early Childhood Educators must be aware of current research, models and sound practice to optimally contribute to effective program planning.
  8. Early Childhood Educators must view themselves as researchers in the pursuit of information about the children in their care.
  9. Development in one domain will effect development in other domains.
  10. Play based learning environments provide infants, toddlers and children requiring extra support optimal conditions for socially mediated learning and exploration.
  11. Positive methods of supervision and guidance of infants, toddlers and children requiring extra support are best understood within the context of child, growth and development theory and an understanding of the unique qualities of individual children.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture
  • Discussions
  • Observations of children

Means of Assessment

This course will conform to Douglas College policy regarding the number and weighting of evaluations.

  • Observations
  • Presentations
  • Individual Planning
  • Examinations
  • Participation and Attendance

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able:

  1. To understand individual differences in maturation and growth among infants and toddlers and children requiring extra support.
  2. To understand how individual differences, including special needs, relate to the development of the child and impact on the family.
  3. To discuss issues of gender, temperament, learning styles and cultural diversity as they relate to the development of infants, toddlers, and children requiring extra support.
  4. To utilize and evaluate assessment techniques.
  5. To understand the principles and components involved in individual planning for infants, toddlers and children requiring extra support.
  6. To examine current developmental research relating to infants and toddlers.
  7. To familiarize students with theories and models used to explain infant and toddler development.
  8. To discuss the interrelated aspects of a child’s physical, language, social/emotional and cognitive development.
  9. To examine children’s development within the context of his or her family and culture.
  10. To understand the role of play based learning environments in the positive development of infants, toddlers and children requiring extra support.
  11. To understand positive child centred methods of supervision and guidance.

course prerequisites

ECED 2300

curriculum guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester/year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.

noticecurriculum notice

There is an upcoming curriculum change scheduled for .
View upcoming changes