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PSYC 417 Language and Communication Development in Early Childhood Education

This course provides students with foundational knowledge of the development of the communication skills in young children from birth through age eight. Topics include: hearing and speaking, speech and language development, vision and visual motor skills, and emergent literacy and small motor skills development. The process of learning more than one language is addressed as well as strategies for working with children for whom English is not the first language. The application of knowledge in the areas of assessment, individualization and referral are addressed and practiced.


4 Undergraduate credits

Effective August 24, 2002 to present

Meets graduation requirements for

Learning outcomes


  • Apply these techniques in diverse early childhood classrooms.
  • Assess language development and plan curriculum to support communication skills.
  • Identify the vocabulary, concepts, theories and research of early childhood language and communication development.

Minnesota Transfer Curriculum

Goal 5: History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.
  • Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • Develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.

Spring 2024

Section Title Instructor books eservices
01 Language and Communication Development in Early Childhood Education Hawley, Vicki R Books for PSYC-417-01 Spring 2024 Course details for PSYC-417-01 Spring 2024