Who Majors in Child Development?
Students who major in Child Development want to work directly with children
and families or they want to work indirectly for children in administrative,
advocacy, or researcher roles. All majors acquire a comprehensive understanding
of how children grow and develop from conception through adolescence. Our
six emphases include: foundations of child development, child assessment
and study, programs for children and families, professional qualities,
critical thinking skills, and developmental context. Students know from
the beginning what learning areas will be addressed and what skills they
can expect to have upon graduation.
What is Unique About the CD Program?
Interdisciplinary course work ranging from the fine arts to the natural
and physical sciences
Integration of supervised field experiences and internships with academic
Opportunities to apply principles and best practices in one of the first
nationally accredited Child Development Laboratories.
What Can I Do with a Child Development Degree?
Emphasis is placed on thinking, writing, computer literacy, and speaking
skills, allowing majors to find jobs in many different areas.
CD graduates meet California State requirements for the Child Development
Site Supervisor Permit, which allows the holder to direct an early childhood
education center. Our students have careers as counselors, social workers,
family resource and referral specialists, elementary school teachers, parent
educators, family service coordinators, early education and intervention
specialists, and social service professionals. Advanced study may be needed
for some career options.
What About a Child Development Minor?
The minor complements course work in many majors such as liberal studies,
psychology, social work, recreation, health and community services, human
resource management, foreign languages and others.
What If I Am Interested in being an Elementary School Teacher?
There are two ways to obtain a multiple subjects teaching credential (i.e.,
elementary school). First, students who major in CD must pass the Multiple
Subjects Assessment for Teachers (MSAT) and the California Basic Educational
Skills Test (CBEST) before applying to the Professional Preparation Teacher
Education Program. Or, they may double major in Liberal Studies and CD.
This allows students to waive the MSAT. Our four-year plan allows students
to complete the two majors in four years.
Do You Have an Honors Program?
Yes, and your work will be acknowledged at graduation and on your transcripts
as graduating With Honors.
Do you have internships?
Yes. We have three levels of sponsored internship experiences totaling
over 200 hours. The first level is observing and working with children
at a beginner level in a local child development agency. The second level
is student teaching in the Child Development Laboratory. The final level
is as a member of a professional team in one of over 40 social service
agencies with whom we have arrangements. Students receive academic credit
for internships. Students may explore different types of internships or
custom-design their own program based on career goals.
Faculty and Facilities
CD faculty are recognized as superior instructors. Student evaluations
of CD faculty are consistently above University norms. All CD faculty work
with students on their academic programs, independent study, internships,
and research projects. Our faculty have a wide variety of research interests,
serve on community agency advisory and governance boards, present research
at state, national and international conferences, and serve as trainers
and consultants for regional, state, and federal agencies.
The program operates an on-campus Child Development Laboratory, a nationally
accredited facility, which provides a part-day enrichment program for three-
year old children. In addition, the program supports an on-campus
infant/toddler room in the A.S. Childrens Center. Both facilties provide
opportunities for observation, on-floor teaching experience, and research.
In 2002, the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT) presented
the High Quality of Learning Environment Award to the Child Development