Price $225.00

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Course Features
Language: English
7-Week, Facilitated Course
Graduate Course: 3 Credit Hours
Study Level: Intermediate
College of Charleston Transcript


This course examines the biological, psychological, historical, and sociocultural influences on early adolescence. Aspects of physical, intellectual, emotional, social, and personality development that mark the transition between childhood and adulthood are explored. Participants will become familiar with current and seminal research in adolescent development and will practice analyzing this research from a critical framework.

This course is centered around the text, Adolescent Development for Educators by Allison M. Ryan, Timothy C. Urdan, Eric M. Anderman. It takes a compelling look at the current issues and topics affecting young adolescents, their teachers, and their schools. This book advances the thinking and applies it to the specific context of middle level learning.

This course is for professional development credit only. VirtualSC PD courses do not count towards any type of degree.

Course Outline

Week 1: Student Orientation
Week 2: Introduction to Adolescence and Physical Development
Week 3: Cognitive, Social, and Moral Development
Week 4: Identity, Self-Perception, and Families
Week 5: Media, Technology, and Peer Relationships
Week 6: School Experiences and Relationships
Week 7: Mental Health, Coping Strategies, and Adulthood


This is an advanced level course for teachers, literacy coaches, curriculum specialists, professional development specialists, or other school personnel. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers with Internet access. They will also need speakers and a microphone (or a headset or telephone) to participate in the Blackboard Collaborate Ultra Virtual Meeting sessions. In addition, participants should be proficient with browsing the Internet, uploading and downloading content, navigating to computer files, and with using word processing software, email, and attachments.

Required Materials

Adolescent Development for Educators by Allison M. Ryan, Timothy C. Urdan, Eric M. Anderman is a required professional book for this class. It can be ordered from Amazon in paperback or on a variety of digital platforms as well. It is available for rent or sale. All materials in this course are the property of the South Carolina Department of Education Office of VirtualSC PD. All course materials needed/required for the workshop, other than the book listed above, are available online.


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