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SPCL 7804 Human Development: Home

Open Educational Resource (OER) created for Professor Elizalde-Utnick's SPCL 7804 course.

Course Summary

This course represents an in-depth study of multiple factors relevant to human growth and development. Theories of child, adolescent, and family development and transitions across the lifespan in diverse urban school settings are discussed, giving emphasis to the consideration of social, cultural, and linguistic contexts.  Particular attention will be given to the study of cognitive development and social-emotional development, including identity development (ethnic and racial identity; gender identity; and sexual orientation).  This course focuses on the application of lifespan developmental theory in school counseling practice for facilitating optimal development for all students. 

Team-Based Learning

Click here or on the image below for more on our Team-Based Learning.

table of students, click for guidelines

These are SPCL students in a TBL course with Prof. Elizalde-Utnick. They are discussing and deciding on the best seating arrangement when conducting a counseling session with a parent and interpreter.


Welcome to SPCL 7804!

All the readings and materials that you will need for the course are located on this website. Enjoy exploring the site before our first class on Tuesday, January 29. Please print the syllabus and bring it with you to class.

Many of the session activities are available to you to preview before and review after each session. We will go over course requirements and this website during our first session.

I wish to thank Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative, for the opportunity to participate in this project.

Special thanks go to Colin McDonald, OER Developer, who designed and formatted this website. His patience, talent, and creativity are remarkable as he put together this site from the numerous files of content that I sent him. This has been an amazing process, and I thank him for that.

Self-Reflection Journal Entries: In Blackboard go to the Tools link. Then go into Journals. You can upload your self-reflections and then receive feedback. 



Click on the image below for the course syllabus.


Credits: Header image from Pixabay, released free for use. Syllabus image is a TBL cartoon from Sibley and Spiridonoff at the Centre for Instructional Support, University of British Columbia.

Open Educational Resource Information

Unless otherwise noted, content on this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

This course website contains copyrighted materials available only for your personal, noncommercial educational and scholarly use. This site is used in accordance with the fair use provision, Section 107 of the U.S. Copyright Act where allowance is made for “fair use” for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, education and research. Every effort has been made to provide attribution of copyrighted content. If you wish to use any copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond ‘fair use’, you must obtain expressed permission from the copyright owner. If you are the owner of any copyrighted material that appears on this site and believe the use of any such material does not constitute "fair use", please contact Professor Graciela Elizalde-Utnick to have the content removed, if proven necessary.

This open educational resource was created as part of the CUNY and SUNY 2017-19 Open Educational Resources Initiatives. Governor Andrew Cuomo and the NY State Legislature awarded CUNY and SUNY $16 million to implement open educational resources to develop, enhance and institutionalize new and ongoing open educational resources across both universities.

Special thanks to the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs, the CUNY Office of Library Services, Brooklyn College Administration and Professor Miriam Deutch, Coordinator, Brooklyn College Open Educational Resources Initiative. Site design and formatting by Colin McDonald, OER Developer.