Departmental Affiliation: Education
The Child Development major provides an interdisciplinary approach to the understanding of young children as individuals and as members of society. Courses in this major are those specifically relevant to child development in the departments of psychology, education, sociology, art, music and English. The Child Development Major is recommended primarily for individuals who seek careers working with children and their families in child care, educational, or social service settings. Graduates are eligible to qualify for the Child Development Teacher Permit under the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Students who do not plan complete this major at the outset of their college careers may instead elect to take courses in their first two years in the Early Childhood Education program at the Doheny Campus.
Child Development Bachelor of Arts
IV. Art and/or Music (minimum 3 units, chosen from the following):
V. English (minimum 6 units, chosen from the following):
VI. Biology (minimum 3 units, chosen from the following):
Needs approval of advisor
VII. Minimum 30 upper division units, including the required courses listed above
Students may petition the Child Development Advisor to substitute other relevant courses in the program.
Total units in the interdisciplinary major areas: 51
Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units including the Modern Language requirement.
All courses are described in the respective department listings.
Child Development Minor
18 units from the following (12 units must be upper division):
Other appropriate courses may be submitted with the permission of the Child Development Program Advisor.
Child Development Courses
CHD 31 Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Child Development (3)
A study of the history, scope, and current philosophies of programs for young children. Observations in a variety of local early childhood programs, and exploration of the education and licensing requirements for such programs. Ethical and value issues in working with children and their families, as well as the importance of becoming an advocate for upgrading the profession and improving the quality of children's services, are stressed. See EDU 31.
CHD 132 Observation and Curriculum Planning in Child Development Settings (3)
Introduction and use of alternative formats for recording observations of children. Use of observational data and portfolios to diagnose children's interests, developmental levels, and learning needs. Review of basic principles of child development and their application in the early childhood setting by means of observation and curriculum planning. Opportunities to create environments that enhance cultural pluralism. Includes opportunity for observation and participation in an early childhood setting.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. See EDU 32.
CHD 136 Emergent Math and Science Experiences in the Preschool Classroom (3)
An exploration of ways to enhance children's natural interest in mathematics and their disposition to use it to make sense of their physical and social worlds. Students will also learn to create preschool science programs based on the premise that young children develop science knowledge as they observe and act on the world, ask questions, make predictions, test those predictions, and reflect on their experience. Piaget's theory of cognitive development will be studied in detail. See EDU 36.
CHD 137 Infant and Toddler Development and Care (3)
This course presents an in-depth study of infant and toddler development. The principles of infant and toddler care-giving with an emphasis on the environment and appropriate learning activities will be explored. Techniques for providing inclusive settings for young children with disabilities and special needs will be incorporated. Health, safety, nutrition, and parent relations will also be discussed. Observation of infants and toddlers and programs for them is required. See EDU 32.