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


Welcome to SPCL 7804X, Human Development.

All the readings and materials that you will need for the course are located on this website. Any text highlighted in blue is a live link. Each session link is filled with resources, and students are encouraged to preview the class material prior to each session and then review the material after each class. The learning process is cumulative, with each session integrating the content from earlier sessions. Explore this website, the SYLLABUS, and COURSE CALENDAR before our first class on Tuesday, January 31. Note that there are assigned tasks to be completed prior to our first class session. Go to the SESSIONS tab to see the Task List prior to each session. 



Jaye Skinner
Phone: 718-951-5876
Office: 1107 James Hall
Office hours: Tuesdays 9:40-10:10 p.m. and by appointment

Classroom: 2412 James Hall


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. 

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.