Free Online Human Development Courses from Top Universities

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The Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University host free online courses in human development. Download course materials and take these classes at your own pace to learn more about topics such as evolution, national identity and aspects of human growth.
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Free Human Development Courses

Human development courses will help students develop their sense of human evolution and theories of behavior, conquest, and ethnic identify. Students who choose to study these courses will have access to lecture notes and other various information on required readings.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT offers courses on human development, like a national identity course and a course on human origins and evolution. Readings for the former will include Ethnicity and Nationalism: Anthropological Perspectives, 3rd Edition, and Race, Nature, and Culture, by Peter Wade. Lecture notes for the human origins course will cover topics like modern primates, early hominids, and modern behaviors.

Tufts University

Tufts University offers a human growth and development course. The textbooks for the course are The Developing Person Through the Life Spance, 6th Edition, and Human Behavior: An Introduction for Medical Students, 3rd Edition. Lectures in text format or slides of images will cover areas such as the overview of physical development, behavioral and psychobiological effects of developmental trauma, and personality disorders.

Free Online Human Development Courses At a Glance

Course & School Program Level Format Assignments Quizzes & Exams Downloadable
National and Ethnic Identity course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes Yes No Yes
The Conquest of America course from MIT Undergraduate Texts/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Technology and Culture course from MIT Undergraduate Texts Yes No Yes
Human Origins and Evolution course from MIT Undergraduate Textbooks/lecture notes/study materials Yes Yes Yes
Human Growth and Development course from Tufts University 1st Year Textbooks/text lessons/slides Yes No Yes

Popular Schools

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    1. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Human Services
      • MSHUS - Family and Community Services
      • MSHUS - Organizational and Social Services
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
      • BS in Human Services
      • BS in Liberal Studies Leadership
    Certificate
      • Certificate in Human Services
      • Human Services Certificates in Child and Family Services
      • Adult Gerontology Practitioner Certificate
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Northcentral University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
      • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
      • Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Couple Therapy
      • Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - General Family Therapy
      • Doctor of Marriage and Family Therapy - Medical Family Therapy
    Master's
      • MS - Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology (MSPSYCAD)
      • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - LGBTQ Couple & Family Therapy
      • MAMFT - Military Family Therapy
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Johns Hopkins University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Liberal Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    5. The George Washington University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration
      • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Penn Foster

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. in Human Services - Human Services Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Addictions Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Biblical Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Christian Counseling
      • M.A. in Human Services - Conflict & Mediation Ministry
      • M.A. in Human Services - Criminal Justice & Ministry
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
      • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado Christian University

    Program Options

    Associate's
      • General Studies, A.A.
  • Online Programs Available
    9. City University of Seattle

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • B.S. General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Saint Leo University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA: Liberal Studies
    Associate's
      • AA: Liberal Arts

Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Kaplan University

  • MS in Human Services
  • Bachelor: Human Services/Child and Family Welfare
  • Certificate in Human Services

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Northcentral University

  • PhD in Psychology - Gerontology
  • DMFT - Child & Adolescent Therapy
  • MS - Child & Adolescent Developmental Psychology (MSPSYCAD)
  • MAMFT - Child & Adolescent Family Therapy

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Human Services

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Johns Hopkins University

  • Master of Liberal Arts

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The George Washington University

  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Master of Arts in Education and Human Development in Educational Technology Leadership

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Penn Foster

  • Career Diploma - Child Care Professional

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Regent University

  • M.A. in Human Services - Human Services Counseling
  • M.A. in Human Services - Addictions Counseling
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies - Interdisciplinary Studies

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Colorado Christian University

  • General Studies, A.A.

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