Human Development Theory in School Counseling

3 Units    |    Term 2

This course presents a theoretical perspective of human development across the lifespan with an emphasis on the K-12 school years. Discussion of typical and atypical development from conception through final life stages focusing on cognitive, physical, social and emotional development is included. Special emphases are placed on theory and research that inform our understanding of human development among diverse populations and in high needs schools. During this course, students will also consider the professional capacity required to work effectively and to provide leadership in work with children and adolescents, as well as young, mid-life and older adults in educational, administrative, social and counseling settings. The course will include exercises in applying lifespan theory to diverse contexts and will include examination of the contextual, environmental and individual factors that influence human development.