Details for Childhood and Adolescent Development

Are you brave enough to explore the complex and often moody workings of the teenage psyche? Or the developmental stages of childhood?  If so, this is the unit for you! In this unit, students will engage with the forefront theories of childhood and adolescent development in relation to ministry – perfect for the frazzled parent, youth or children's pastor!

Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: MIN225
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Dean O'Keefe


The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Childhood and Adolescent Development

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

This course unit is an examination of childhood and adolescent development. It considers the major theories of childhood and adolescent development and their implications for children's and youth ministry. 


  1. Demonstrate the ability to relate to the biological, cognitive and social changes faced by children and adolescents;
  2. Interpret the major developmental and psychosocial issues experienced by children and adolescents, including emotional health, identity formation, peer and family relationships, substance abuse and sexuality;
  3. Analyse the forms of media that illustrate the journey of growing up;
  4. Analyse problems encountered by children and adolescents in contemporary society and discuss approaches to working with those facing these problems;
  5. Demonstrate the importance of childhood and adolescent development for targeted ministry;
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of development theories, including Piaget, Erikson and Kohlberg.

Subject Content

  1. Physical, social and cognitive changes during adolescence
  2. Identify formation
  3. Cognitive, psychosocial, moral and spiritual development during adolescence
  4. Peer and family relationships
  5. Dating, sexuality and gender issues
  6. School and work during adolescence
  7. Social problems of adolescents

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to Face (onsite)
  • Distance/E-learning (online)
  • Intensive (One week: 7 hours per day for 5 days = 35 class hours + approx 108 hours out of class time for research, writing, exam preparation and execution, ancillary activities associated with completion of assigned tasks)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Reflection Paper (10%)
  • Review (25%)
  • Research Paper (40%)
  • Exam (25%)

Prescribed Text

  • Primary readings provided