PSYC 417

Language and Communication Development in Early Childhood Education

4 Undergraduate credits
Effective August 24, 2002 – Present

Graduation requirements this course fulfills

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.


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.