Health Sciences Infant Child Growth and Development

IBCLC certificants need to understand and recognise the developmental milestones in physical, cognitive, emotional, social, movement, hearing, vision and language skills normally expected of infants and young children.

  •  Although coursework in the development of humans across the life span will be accepted, you are encouraged to take courses that focus on the development of young children.

The table below describes typical courses that meet the infant and child growth and development requirement.


Typical Course Description
Childhood Growth and Development A study of the physical, emotional, social and cognitive factors of growth and development of children from birth through adolescence. Topics covered include principles, stages and theories of growth and development.
Early Childhood Development This course is the study of the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional developmental processes of children from conception to age eight. Emphasis is twofold: on understanding the sequential dynamics of growth, development, behaviour and understanding the uniqueness of each child.
Development of Infants and Toddlers Major theories of psychosocial development are presented. Personality is traced from birth through age three. Sensorimotor developmental patterns are presented. The interrelated nature of development and the characteristics of and influence of disabilities and risk factors on development are studied.
Developmental Psychology The developmental psychology curriculum examines the changes in  personality, cognitive ability and behaviour throughout the lifespan. Therefore,  in addition to preparing themselves for a rewarding career, students enrolled in developmental psychology curricula will also learn and understand more about themselves as they study the scientific conclusions made by experts in the field. (Meets both the infant and child growth and development and the psychology requirements.)