Child Development

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, 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 plan to complete this major at the outset of their college careers may elect to take courses in their first two years in the Early Childhood Education program at the Doheny Campus.

Child Development Bachelor of Arts

Course Requirements

I. Education

EDU 32/ 132

Observation and Curriculum Planning

(3)

 

EDU 33/ 133

 

ART 145 MUS130 INT 194A

 

Visual & Performing Arts for the Young Child

OR

Arts & Crafts in the Classroom and

Creative Music Experience and

Intro to Drama and Dance

 

(3)

 

 

 

(3)

 

 

 

EDU 37/ 137

Infant/Toddler Development and Care

(3)

EDU 191

Child Development Practicum

(3)

II. Psychology

PSY 1

Introduction to Psychology

(3)

PSY 12

Child/Human Development

(3)

PSY 113

Learning in Children & Adolescents Across Cultures

(3)

PSY 118

Intervention of Children with Disabilities

(3)

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence

(3)

III. Sociology 3 Upper division units required

SOC 6

The Family, Child and Community

(3)

 

OR

 

SOC 104

The Family

AND

(3)

SOC 102

Sociology of Children

(3)

IV. English (minimum 6 units, chosen from the following):

ENG 104

Expository Writing

(3)

 

OR

 

ENG 105

Advanced Composition

(3)

 

OR

 

ENG 106

Creative Writing

(3)

 

AND

 

ENG 134

Children's Literature

(3)

V. Biology (minimum 3 units, chosen from the following):

BIO 10

Health Science

(3)

*BIO 112

Human Nutrition

(3)

*Needs approval of advisor

VI. 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: 42

Plus General Studies requirements and electives totaling 124 semester units.

All courses are described in the respective department listings.

Child Development Minor

Course Requirements

18 units from the following
(12 units must be upper division)

Required courses (9 units)

PSY 12

Child/Human Development

(3)

SOC 6

Family, Child, and Community

 

 

or

 

SOC 104

The Family

(3)

 

 

 

SOC 102

Sociology of Children

(3)

(Course not selected may be included as an elective.)

 

 

 

EDU 191

Child Development Practicum

(3)

May be replaced with a major-related practicum if practicum involves direct work with children (infant through age 13).  Must be approved by minor advisor.  Submit: name of instructor, location of practicum, & description of involvement with children prior to inclusion in the minor.

Acceptable substitute courses:  NUR 162 & 163, PSY 124, SOC 197A or B  


Electives (select nine units from):

PSY 113

Learning in Children & Adolescents across Cultures (Fall)

(3)

PSY 118

Intervention of Children with Disabilities

(3)

PSY 139

Child Abuse and Family Violence (Fall & Spring)

(3)

ENG 134

Children’s Literature (Fall & Spring)

(3)

 

 

 

*ART 145

Arts & Crafts in the Classroom

&

(1)

*MUS 130

Creative Music Experience

&

(1)

*INT 194A

Introduction to Drama & Dance

(1)

*Must be taken as a set.

Courses offered on the Doheny Campus and

include observation in the Child Development Center

EDU 132

Observation & Curriculum Planning (Spring)

(3)

EDU 137

Infant/Toddler Development & Care (Fall)

(3)