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Learning Recommendations: None

General Description: This course explores how a child’s genetics and environment affects physical, social, cognitive and psychological growth.  It is designed for students who may be considering careers that involve working with children.


  • Genetics
  • Child development from birth to adolescence (Including physical, intellectual, emotional, & social development)
  • Family growth and development
  • Parenting
  • Theories in child psychology
  • How individuals relate to one another from birth to adolescence


  • Direct instruction
  • Group discussion and problem solving
  • Guest speakers
  • Student project and research
  • Cooperative learning
  • Career exploration
  • FCCLA Content (reason for fee, FCCLA affiliation)
  • Clark Elementary Internship

Homework:  Homework consists of either work that wasn’t finished during time provided in class OR larger projects with multiple days to work on it.

Tech Prep Eligible:  This course is CTE Dual Credit approved and articulated with Bellevue College or Lake Washington Institute of Technology. Students who demonstrate proficiency of the college course competencies with a ‘B’ (3.0) or better grade may be eligible to earn college credit through the Tech Prep program. Students MUST register for CTE Dual Credit while they are enrolled in the high school course and also are required to pay a non-refundable $46 annual consortium fee.

Course Fee / Materials:  There is a $15.00 course fee for the FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) affiliation. With affiliation students can compete with their STAR Event project they create in class at a regional, and potentially state or national competition.