Berea Technical College

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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

PROGRAMME TITLE NQF SAQA ID CREDITS
CERTIFICATE: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY 5 21129 120

DESCRIPTION

The primary purpose of the qualification is to provide learners with insight into children’s physical, emotional and intellectual development from conception through to adolescence.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS,COURSE DURATION AND CAREER FIELDS

Learners who register for this qualification should demonstrate:

  • The ability to express themselves clearly and correctly both orally and in writing in English
  • The ability to apply numerical skills, including basic arithmetic (add, subtract, divide, multiply)
  • A basic interest or experience in the nature, role and practice of developmental psychology
  • Competence at Grade 12 or equivalent level.

Course duration

Full Time : Minimum 1 Year

Career Fields

  • Early Childhood Education Specialist
  • Residential Youth Treatment Specialist
  • Adolescent Development Specialist
  • Caseworker
  • Education Consultant

PROGRAMME OUTLINE

Demonstrate ability to:

  1. Discuss prenatal development and the influences of heredity and environment.
  2. Explain physical, cognitive, personality and social development in infancy and toddlerhood, early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence.
  3. Outline the development of the self-concept and gender identity.
  4. Describe moral and emotional development during middle childhood and adolescence.
  5. Discuss the ecological approach to the variety of interrelated factors which influence the various stages of development, for example:
  6. 1. The psychological well-being of the parents
    2. Parenting styles o The effect of divorce
    3. The influence of the teacher, peers and siblings
    4. The importance of play in a child's general development
    5. The influence of television and culture.

  7. List the advantages and problems of psychometric testing.
  8. Identify the causes of abuse and neglect.