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Postgraduate | CUR-MTPS500 | 2024

Theories of Development and Learning

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Gain a broad overview of typical and atypical development from birth to adolescence. Explore the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains via the behaviourism, humanism, cognitivism and constructivism theoretical perspectives.

Study method
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Start dates
26 Feb 2024,
26 Aug 2024,
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Entry requirements
Part of a degree
13 weeks

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Theories of Development and Learning

About this subject

  • At the completion of this subject students will be able to:

    1. explain and analyse how physical, cognitive, social and emotional development and individual characteristics of students across different chronological age groups may affect development and learning
    2. appraise established theoretical perspectives of child and adolescent development which explain patterns of maturation and learning, and the implications of these for teaching and learning
    3. critically reflect on the impact of interactions between the child/adolescent and their caregivers, within both home and educational environments, to identify effective methods for supporting students and families from diverse linguistic, cultural, religious and socio-economic backgrounds
    4. develop effective classroom intervention strategies based on established theoretical perspectives, and on the appraisal of typical and atypical patterns of child and adolescent development
    5. demonstrate personal literacy competency to the required accreditation standard

Entry requirements

Part of a degree

To enrol in this subject you must be accepted into one of the following degrees:


  • CUR-SEC-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Secondary Education)
  • CUR-PRI-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Primary Education)
  • CUR-MTE-MAS-2024 - Master of Teaching (Early Childhood Education)


  • CUR-EDU-GCE-2024 - Graduate Certificate in Education

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements -

    Access to Microsoft Office or a unit approved alternative, access to video creation and editing software.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL

This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

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Related degrees

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

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Master of Teaching (Primary Education)

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Graduate Certificate in Education