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

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Walden University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development
      • MS in Developmental Psychology - Adult Development & Gerontology
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Advanced Clinical Social Practice (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Military Social Work (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
      • Master of Social Work (MSW) - Social Work in Healthcare (Standard: up to 2 courses/term)
    Bachelor's
      • BS in Human Services - Addictions
      • BS in Human Services - Child & Adolescent Development
      • BS in Human Services - Courts & the Legal System
      • BS in Human Services - Criminal Justice
      • BS in Human Services - Leadership & Administration
      • BS in Human Services - Psychology
  • Online Programs Available
    2. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
      • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
      • M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
      • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Columbia Southern University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MBA - General
    Associate's
      • AA - General Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    4. Liberty University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
    Master's
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Executive Leadership
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Marriage and Family
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Business
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future
      • MA: Human Services Counseling: Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies
    Bachelor's
      • BS: Social Work
      • BS: Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Purdue University Global

    Program Options

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

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Human Services
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Regent University

    Program Options

    Doctorate
      • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
    Master's
      • M.A. in Human Services
      • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling
  • Campus and Online Programs
    8. Pacific Oaks College

    Program Options

    Master's
      • M.A. Human Development
    Bachelor's
      • B.A. Human Development
  • Online Programs Available
    9. Florida Tech

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA in Applied Psychology/Child Advocacy
    Associate's
      • AA in Liberal Arts
  • Online Programs Available
    10. Bryant & Stratton College

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS Human & Social Services
    Associate's
      • AAS Human and Social Services
    Certificate
      • Human and Social Services Diploma

Featured Schools

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

Walden University

  • MS in Developmental Psychology - Child & Adolescent Development
  • MS in Developmental Psychology - Health & Human Development
  • BS in Human Services - Addictions
  • BS in Human Services - Child & Adolescent Development

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Grand Canyon University

  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders
  • M.S. in Professional Counseling with an Emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Family Dynamics
  • Bachelor of Science in Behavioral Health Science with an Emphasis in Childhood and Adolescence Disorders

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Columbia Southern University

  • MBA - General
  • AA - General Studies

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Liberty University

  • EDD: Community Care & Counseling: Traumatology
  • MA: Human Services Counseling: Criminal Justice
  • BS: Social Work

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Purdue University Global

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

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Human Services

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Regent University

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Marriage & Family Ministry
  • M.A. in Human Services
  • M.A. in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling

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Pacific Oaks College

  • M.A. Human Development
  • B.A. Human Development

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