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Child Development Course Offerings

Please see the section on “Course Description Symbols and Terms” in The University Catalog for an explanation of course description terminology and symbols, the course numbering system, and course credit units. All courses are lecture and discussion and employ letter grading unless otherwise stated. Some prerequisites may be waived with faculty permission. Many syllabi are available on the Chico Web.

C D 050

Child Development    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Concurrent registration in C D 051 for Child Development majors and minors.

A study of the child: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development from conception through adolescence. Studies biological and environmental foundations and influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observation in the Child Development Laboratory is met through concurrent enrollment in C D 051. CAN FCS 14.

C D 051

Observational Techniques    2.0 Fa/Spr

Includes acquisition and application of basic observation skills regarding children’s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. (Required for students enrolled in C D 050.) 1.0 hour discussion, 3.0 hours laboratory.

C D 052

Child Development    3.0 Fa/Spr

Designed for Nursing, Liberal Studies, Speech Pathology, and other non-Child-Development majors, this course studies the child’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception through adolescence. Studies biological and environmental foundations and influences including cross-cultural issues. Scheduled observations in the Child Development Laboratory included. This is an approved General Education course.

C D 055

Marriage and Family Relationships    3.0 Fa/Spr

Introduction to marriage and family relationships, incorporating psychological, physiological, and social aspects of close personal relationships. Topics include dating, courtship, marriage, family life, dual career marriages, single parenting, and other contemporary issues related to one’s life. This is an approved General Education course. CAN FCS 12.

C D 089A

Introduction to Supervised Experience —    2.0 Fa/Spr
Children’s Center

Prerequisites: Registration limited to parents of children in AS Children’s Center; faculty permission.

A directed on-floor experience with children. 4.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

C D 089B

Supervised Experience — Children’s Center    2.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: Registration limited to parents of children in AS Children’s Center; C D 089A; faculty permission.

An advanced on-floor experience with children. 4.0 hours activity. Credit/no credit grading only.

C D 150

Prenatal-Infant Development    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C D 050 or C D 052 or PSY 202.

Infant development and behavior as related to genetics, prenatal development, prenatal influences, birth process, and postnatal development, with special emphasis on sensory-perceptual, social-emotional, and cognitive developmental processes. Directed observations.

C D 152

Developmentally Appropriate    3.0 Fa/Spr
Curriculum for Children: Theory to Practice

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051.

Examination of anti-bias curriculum development, instructional techniques and materials with relation to the developmental stages of young children. Students in this class also work directly with young children in a community program. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule.

C D 153

Methods of Inquiry in Child Development    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; General Education math course; C D 050, C D 051.

Students learn the fundamentals of scientific methodology, increase their knowledge of qualitative research methods, and acquire quantitative skills in measurement and statistical evaluation. These skills are applied through reviewing, evaluating, and communicating research. Students also idenitfy the major dimensions of research strategies used in child development and related fields. 2.0 hours seminar, 2.0 hours activity. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

C D 154

The School-Aged Child    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C D 050 or C D 052 or PSY 202.

Study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of development during the school-aged years (ages 5 through 12), as well as contextual influences (e.g., family, school, peer group) on children’s development. Particular attention is paid to the implications of developmental patterns for those who work with school-aged children.

C D 162

Issues in Child Development    3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is designed for upper-division students who wish to develop a broader and deeper understanding of contemporary controversial issues in child development. Students will learn fundamentals of social, emotional, and cognitive development from infancy through puberty, and will study clashing theoretical explanations of these developments. Students will apply their knowledge by preparing position papers and participating in debates on a number of urgent issues children present to society. The course takes a topical rather than “ages and stages” approach to development. This is an approved General Education course.

C D 192

Child Development Practicum    4.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: ENGL 001 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; C D 050, C D 051, C D 152, C D 153; NFSC 025 or HCSV 260; junior standing; faculty permission.

This class gives the student a meaningful and worthwhile experience in the actual development and operation of an early childhood program. Pre-and post-practicum seminars concerning the day’s experiences contribute to the students’ insight and understanding. Enrollment is limited. 2.0 hours workshop, 9.0 hours laboratory. Special fee required; see The Class Schedule. This is a writing proficiency, WP, course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors.

C D 194B

Guided Observation:    1.0 Fa/Spr
Early Childhood Education

Prerequisites: faculty permission. Credit/no credit grading only.

C D 199

Special Problems    1.0-3.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an independent study of special problems and is offered as 199A-C for 1.0 to 3.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Credit/no credit grading only.

C D 240

Issues in Assessment    3.0 Fa/Spr
for Children and Families

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051, and GE math.

This course provides an overview of child and family assessment. The course offers the student both research-based theory and practical applications in these areas. Students apply the knowledge gained during class sessions and readings to relevant assigned projects and papers.

C D 251

Staff-Parent-Child Relations    3.0 Spring

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051.

Study of interpersonal dynamics between parents and their children, parents-teachers, teachers-children, and among staff in various types of early childhood education programs. Includes participation in communication techniques, observation of parent/teacher meetings, and discussion of how these possible relationships influence children’s development and program functioning.

C D 254

Adolescent Development    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: C D 050 or C D 052 or PSY 202.

Study of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and psychosocial aspects of adolescent development, as well as the influence of contextual factors (e.g., family, schools, peer group, work, media). Topics include adolescent sexuality, substance use, romantic relationships, crime/delinquency, and parent-adolescent relationships.

C D 255

Seminar in Family Relations    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C D 055; either C D 050 or C D 052.

Study of the interpersonal relationship between a couple and among family members. Discussion will focus on development of interpersonal commitment, mate selection, types of families (single-parent, dual-career, nuclear), family crises, childrearing patterns, parents’ contribution to child development, family finance, and other related topics.

C D 256

Administration of Child Development Programs    3.0 Fall

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051.

Study of the role of the administrator in various types of licensed child care facilities. Topics include program, fiscal, licensing, personnel, legal, and management aspects of children’s programs. Includes participation in budget development, time management, observation of decision-making, and leadership styles in various programs, development of program philosophy, and staff evaluation.

C D 262

Adult Supervision in    3.0 Fa/Spr
Child Development Programs

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051, faculty permission.

This course offers the student an opportunity to gain knowledge about supervising adults in the workplace. Topics in the class include interpersonal communication techniques, adult learning theory, leadership skills, professional collaboration, and personnel assessment in the early childhood education field. Students will apply their knowledge in relevant projects and papers.

C D 289

Internship in Child Development    1.0-6.0 Fa/Spr

This course is an internship offered as 289A-E for 1.0 to 6.0 units respectively. You must register directly with a supervising faculty member. Provides direct experience in agencies, institutions, or work settings appropriate to the application of Child Development background and training.

C D 292

Child Development Practice:    3.0 Fa/Spr
Children and Families

Prerequisites: BIOL 118 or BIOL 103; C D 050, C D 051, C D 152, C D 153, C D 192; HCSV 260 or NFSC 025; PSY 202; senior standing; faculty permission.

Provides experience in child development programs or community service agencies emphasizing children and families. Enhanced Internet course—Web-CT Internet access is required for this course. 1.0 hour lecture, 4.0 hours workshop.

C D 295

Senior Seminar in Child Development    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: BIOL 118 or BIOL 103; C D 050, C D 051, C D 152, C D 153, C D 192; NFSC 025 or HCSV 260; PSY 202; senior standing; faculty permission.

An in-depth examination of issues in child development theory, research, and practice. These areas include program practices, government policies, program evaluation techniques, professional ethics, collaboration, case management, effective communication, leadership styles, self evaluation, and professional responsibilities (e.g., reporting child abuse, advocacy). Students also complete their reflective portfolios as part of the course requirements.

C D 295H

Senior Seminar in    3.0 Fa/Spr
Child Development-Honors

Prerequisites: BIOL 118 or BIOL 103; C D 050, C D 051, C D 152, C D 153, C D 192; NFSC 025 or HCSV 260; PSY 202; senior standing; acceptance in undergraduate honors program; faculty permission.

This seminar integrates the views and research of various disciplines concerned with the developing child. Emphasis will be on physical, cognitive, personality, and social development of the child in relationship to the family, community, and society. Students will complete their senior honors project, which will culminate in a paper appropriate for publication and a public presentation.

C D 299H

Honors Independent Study    3.0 Fa/Spr

Prerequisites: C D 050, C D 051, C D 152, C D 153; NFSC 025 or HCSV 260; faculty permission.

Independent study resulting in a piece of scholarly or creative work involving substantial research to be completed and publicly presented. This will be the first course taken in the year-long honors program in the major and is open only to undergraduate honors students.