College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

Goals and Objectives

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Foundations of Child Development:

Students demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical and empirical foundations of the discipline.

Child and Environmental Assessment: 

Students will demonstrate knowledge of assessment issues and perform qualitative and quantitative assessments of children and their environments.

Developmental Context:

Students will demonstrate knowledge of the multiple environmental contexts in which children grow and develop, and will be able to analyze systems that support children’s well-being.


Students will engage in professional behavior appropriate to the discipline in professional contexts.

Critical Thinking

Students will apply critical thinking and scientific methods of thinking (including logical and empirical reasoning) to issues regarding children’s well-being.