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: MIN525
  • 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


  1. Explain and evaluate the biological, cognitive and social changes faced by children and adolescents;
  2. Analyse the forms of media that illustrate the journey of growing up;
  3. 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;
  4. Critically analyse problems encountered by children and adolescents in contemporary society and justify approaches to working with those facing these problems;
  5. Assess the importance of childhood and adolescent development for targeted ministry;
  6. Critically appraise development theories, including Piaget, Erikson and Kohlberg.

Subject Content

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

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 95 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

  • Review (25%)
  • Research Paper (50%)
  • Exam (25%)