Summer Institute in Education will change to an online delivery for 2020.

Instructors will post their updated course syllabus, format and assignments on Canvas (canvas.ok.ubc.ca) once they’re available. Students must be available during the currently posted course dates and times as courses may be synchronous, asynchronous or a combination of both. More information.

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EPSE 406: Typical and Atypical Development in Infants and Children

July 27 – August 14 (Monday to thursday*)   1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

*with the exception of the week of August 3, where classes will run Tuesday to Friday instead


This course is designed to give participants an understanding of typical developmental milestones in early childhood through to adolescent development. Children with specific syndromes, developmental disabilities, and mental illnesses are characterized by unique developmental patterns. This course is designed to give insight into these unique patterns of development. Current research and practice will be examined with the intent of improving supportive educational programs within inclusive classrooms.

Participants will be given the opportunity to gain an understanding of when childhood development is considered atypical. How children move through developmental milestones determines whether or not they are considered typical or atypical. How to recognize and plan for unique patterns of development in the areas of social and emotional development, language development, cognitive development, and physical development will be explored.

  • Students will have a clear understanding of developmental milestones that define early childhood to adolescent development.
  • Students will describe the atypical developmental stages that define children within the autism spectrum, fetal alcohol spectrum, in addition to children with developmental disabilities, language delays, and children with mental illnesses.
  • Students will explore the different diagnostic and assessment procedures that identify atypical development from a typically developing child.
  • Students will be required to describe best practices in supporting children with unique patterns of social and emotional development, language development, cognitive development, and physical development.

Monica Lloyd

Lloyd is a part-time adjunct professor for the Okanagan School of Education. She has more than 20 years of experience working as a School Psychologist, Special Education Consultant, Counsellor, District Inclusion Facilitator for Complex Special Needs and Senior Management in Student Support Services Programming. Her most powerful teachers have been students with special needs. She finds great joy in how quickly children learn when others understand them and give them what they is needed.

How to apply

To register for courses, please visit the Student Information Service Centre (SISC).

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). If you intend on taking a 400-level course, please ensure that you receive prior approval by your graduate supervisor using this form.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm transfer credit will be approved prior to registering for a UBC Okanagan course.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.

If you are looking to transfer a course into UBC Vancouver, or another institution, please confirm approval of transfer credit prior to registration.

*It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that the course is accepted towards the completion of a program.

Apply to take select coursework as a non-degree student at through the Non-Degree Access Studies Application.

Please note: There is no option for “May 2020 – Aug. 2020.” You will need to apply for “Sept. 2020 – Dec. 2020”, and indicate in the question “Please tell us why you are applying to take courses at UBC through Non Degree Studies” that you are applying for the Summer Institute in Education. If you require assistance, please email sie.education@ubc.ca

Register for Term two (July/August) courses via the  Student Information Service Centre (SISC). You must have 2020 Summer registration eligibility. If not, please email sie.education@ubc.ca.