The Bachelor of Arts in Child Development

Strategic Learning Priorities

Students in the child development program will become knowledgeable in six areas:

1. Foundations of Child Development Students will understand the theoretical, empirical, and philosophical foundations of the discipline. In addition, students will apply their knowledge while working with children, families, and professionals.

2. Child Assessment and Study Students will understand, perform, and appreciate multiple forms of child assessment. Students will be able to use qualitative and quantitative methods of assessing children. They will be able to use the information to help identify a child's strengths and develop, implement, and evaluate plans of intervention to resolve areas of need.

3. Programs for Children and Families Students will understand model programs for both children and families and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum activities. Students will evaluate the impact and efficacy of these programs for children, families, and communities.

4. Professional Qualities Students will understand professionalism by demonstrating knowledge, attitudes, and skills of those individuals who are committed to understanding and working with children and families. They will demonstrate mastery of communication (reading, writing, listening, computer, and speaking skills), leadership, research, assessment and evaluation, and collaboration skills.

5. Critical Thinking Skills Students will understand and demonstrate various methods of learning about the discipline including scientific inquiry and field-tested practices. Students will focus on understanding the relationships among their own personal theories, scientific theories, empirical research, and best practices regarding children's development.

6. Developmental Context Students will understand the multiple environmental contexts in which children grow and develop. Students will appreciate and interpret how social class, parents, families, peers, types of children's programs, culture, societal changes, and communities influence the course of development.

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree: 120 units

See "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements. A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division.

A suggested Major Academic Plan (MAP) has been prepared to help students meet all graduation requirements within four years. Please request a plan from your major advisor or view it and other current advising information on the CSU, Chico Web.

General Education Requirements: 48 units

See "General Education Requirements" in the University Catalog and the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education Requirements and course offerings. The course requirements marked below with an asterisk (*) may also be applied toward General Education.

Cultural Diversity Course Requirements: 6 units

See "Cultural Diversity" in the University Catalog. Most courses taken to satisfy these requirements may also apply to General Education.

American Institutions Requirement: 6 units

See the "American Institutions Requirement" under "Bachelor's Degree Requirements." This requirement is normally fulfilled by completing HIST 130 and POLS 155. Courses used to satisfy this requirement do not apply to General Education.

Literacy Requirement:

See "Mathematics and Writing Requirements" in the University Catalog. Writing proficiency in the major is a graduation requirement and may be demonstrated through satisfactory completion of a course in your major which has been designated as the Writing Proficiency (WP) course for the semester in which you take the course. Students who earn below a C- are required to repeat the course and earn a C- or better to receive WP credit. See the Class Schedule for the designated WP courses for each semester. You must pass ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a C- or better before you may register for a WP course.

Course Requirements for the Major: 55 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree. Additional required courses, depending upon the selected option or advising pattern, are outlined following the degree core program requirements.

Major Core Program: 40 units

Foundation Core: 6 units

2 courses required:

CHLD 250 Child Development 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Registration in CHLD 251 for Child Development majors and minors.
CHLD 251 Observational Techniques 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: concurrent registration or prior completion of CHLD 250 or CHLD 252.

Core I: 9 units

Must be completed prior to taking CHLD 392.

2 courses required:

CHLD 282 Devel Approp Curr for Children 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251.
CHLD 353 Meth of Inquiry in Child Dev 3.0 FS WP
Prerequisites: ENGL 130 (or its equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; General Education math course; CHLD 250, CHLD 251.

1 course selected from:

HCSV 363 Child Health 3.0 FS *
HCSV 450 Hlth Ed for Elem School Tchrs 3.0 FS
NFSC 100 Basic Nutrition 3.0 FS *

Core II: 13 units

Must be completed prior to taking CHLD 492 or CHLD 495.

1 course selected from:

BIOL 303 Human Genetics 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.
BIOL 318 Biology of Childhood 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: One biological sciences course.

3 courses required:

CHLD 382 Prof Sem Child Dev: Cur Issues 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353, junior standing.
CHLD 392 Child Development Practicum 4.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353; NFSC 100 or HCSV 450; junior standing; faculty permission.
CHLD 440 Issues in Assess Chld/Fam 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353, and GE math.

Core III: 12 units

The Child: 6 units

2 courses selected from:

CHLD 350 Prenatal-Infant Development 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
CHLD 354 School-Aged Child 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
CHLD 357 Adolescent Development 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
PSYC 353 Learning in the Young Child 3.0 FS
PSYC 355 Child/Adolescent Psychology 3.0 FS
PSYC 456 Advanced Child Psychology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: PSYC 355 or equivalent.

The Family: 3 units

1 course selected from:

CHLD 255 Marriage/Family Relationships 3.0 FS *
CHLD 355 Children, Families, Soc Policy 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or CHLD 255 or PSYC 355.
CHLD 455 Seminar in Family Relations 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or CHLD 255, faculty permission.
PHIL 323 Moral Issues in Parenting 3.0 FS *
SOCI 235 Contemporary Families 3.0 FS *

The Society and Culture: 3 units

1 course selected from:

PSYC 151 Socio-Cultural Psy Development 3.0 FS *
PSYC 341 Cross-Cultural Psychology 3.0 FS * NW

This course is also offered as MCGS 341.

PSYC 351 Socio-Cultural Psy Development 3.0 FS *
SOCI 360 Self and Society 3.0 FS

Professional Core: 6 units

Before you enroll in the professional core, you must complete Core I and Core II as described above. You also must complete the Professional Core Advising Questionnaire (available from the program office or from a child development advisor) during the semester prior to beginning the professional core. The questionnaire insures that the prerequisites have been completed and that a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 has been maintained.

1 course required:

CHLD 492 Child Dev Pract Child/Family 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, PSYC 355, senior standing, faculty permission.

1 course selected from:

CHLD 495 Senior Sem in Child Dev 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, PSYC 355, senior standing; faculty permission.
CHLD 495H Senior Seminar in CHLD-Honors 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: BIOL 303 or BIOL 318; CHLD 392, PSYC 355, senior standing; acceptance in undergraduate honors program; faculty permission.

Depth Core: 9 units

See academic advisor for recommended courses focused on student interests and professional preparation.

9 units selected from:

ARTS 493 Art Education I (K-8) 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or faculty permission.

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

ARTS 494 Art Education II (9–12) 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ARTS 493 or faculty permission.
CHLD 456 Admin of Child Dev Programs 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251.
CHLD 462 Adult Sup in Chld Dev Programs 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251.
CHLD 499H CHLD Honors Independent Study 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353; NFSC 100 or HCSV 450; faculty permission.
CHLD 551 Staff and Family Relations 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250, CHLD 251, senior standing.
EDTE 302 Access & Equity in Education 3.0 FS
ENGL 230 Intro to Technical Writing 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: ENGL 130.

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

HCSV 579 Grant Wrtg/Other Fundraising 3.0 FS
HCSV 321 Community Health 3.0 FS
HCSV 368 Women's Health 3.0 FS *

This course is also offered as NURS 368, and WMST 368.

MGMT 303 Survey of Management 3.0 FS
MGMT 304 Human Resource Management 3.0 FS
MUSC 326 Music for Children 3.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

MUSC 327 Music for Early Childhood 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

MUSC 328 Music in Recreation 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.
KINE 302 Found Childhood Phys Educ 3.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

KINE 303 Develop Motor Behav Children 3.0 FS
KINE 315 Intro to Adapted Phys Act 3.0 FS
POLS 454 Legal Research 3.0 FS
POLS 489K Internship in Legal Studies 1.0 -3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Faculty permission.
PSYC 573 Counseling Psychology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: PSYC 381 or PSYC 382, senior or graduate standing, faculty permission.
RDGL 354 Literature for Young Children 3.0 Inq

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

RDGL 554 Literature for Children 3.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

THEA 311 Children's Lit in Performance 3.0 FS
SOCI 230 Women in Contemp Societies 3.0 FS *

This course is also offered as WMST 230.

SOCI 335 Women, Work, and Family 3.0 FS *
SOCI 484 Youth, Crime, and Delinquency 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: SOCI 384 recommended.
SPED 343 Overview of Special Education 3.0 FS

OR (the following course may be substituted for the above)

PSYC 457 Psy of Exceptional Child 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Recommended: PSYC 355 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
SPED 561 Curr & Instruc: Emph Incl Sett 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPED 343. Recommended: senior standing.
SPED 563 Collab in Ed & Hlpng Professns 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPED 343, SPED 569. Senior standing is recommended.
SPED 564 Management of Learning Environ 2.0 SP
Prerequisites: SPED 343, SPED 569. Recommended: senior standing.
SPED 569 Field Exp: Gen & Spec Educ 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Concurrent enrollment in or prior completion of SPED 343.
SWRK 170 Social Welfare Institutions 3.0 FS *
SWRK 200 Multicult Awareness-Hum Svcs 3.0 FS Eth
Prerequisites: No prerequisites or corequisites for non-majors; concurrent enrollment in SWRK 302 for majors.
SWRK 302 Hum Behavr Across the Lifespan 3.0 FS *
Prerequisites: No prerequisites or corequisites for non-majors; concurrent enrollment in SWRK 200 for majors.
SWRK 320 Child Welfare 3.0 FS

Professional Standards and Disqualification:

The child development degree signifies a readiness to begin professional work in areas requiring trust and high ethical standards. You are expected to meet ethical and professional standards set by the profession and the agencies with which you may serve as an intern. Should it be determined that you do not meet such standards, you may be disqualified from fulfilling the advanced internship of the major and thus be prevented from completing the child development major.

The professional standards include the following: 1. Honoring the National Association for Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethics and the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Code of Ethics. 2. Meeting the expectations of field agencies and programs which provide internships. 3. Avoiding behavior that suggests potential harm to clients, colleagues, or themselves.

Please consult with the program office for more complete information regarding these standards.

Obtaining a Child Development Permit

If you are interested in teaching or directing in a child development center with young children (0-8 years of age), you may want to obtain a Child Development (CD) Permit. Having a CD Permit may be required or highly recommended for certain types of centers (e.g., Title 5 Programs, child development programs funded by the State Department of Education, Head Start). For more information about obtaining a CD Permit, contact your academic advisor or the Child Development Program office.

Electives Requirement:

To complete the total units required for the bachelor's degree, select additional elective courses from the total University offerings. You should consult with an advisor regarding the selection of courses which will provide breadth to your University experience and possibly apply to a supportive second major or minor.

Grading Requirement:

All courses taken to fulfill major course requirements must be taken for a letter grade except those courses specified by the department as Credit/No Credit grading only.

Advising Requirement:

Advising is mandatory for all majors in this degree program. Consult your undergraduate advisor for specific information.

Visit the Child Development Program Office for assignment to an undergraduate advisor.

Honors in the Major

Honors in the Major is a program of independent work in your major. It involves 6 units of honors course work completed over two semesters.

The Honors in the Major program allows you to work closely with a faculty mentor in your area of interest on an original performance or research project. This year-long collaboration allows you to work in your field at a professional level and culminates in a public presentation of your work. Students sometimes take their projects beyond the University for submission in professional journals, presentation at conferences, or competition in shows. Such experience is valuable for graduate school and later professional life. Your honors work will be recognized at your graduation, on your permanent transcripts, and on your diploma. It is often accompanied by letters of commendation from your mentor in the department or the department chair.

Some common features of Honors in the Major program are

1. You must take 6 units of Honors in the Major course work. At least 3 of these units are independent study (399H, 499H) as specified by your department. You must complete each class with a minimum grade of B.

2. You must have completed 9 units of upper-division course work or 21 overall units in your major before you can be admitted to Honors in the Major. Check the requirements for your major carefully, as there may be specific courses that must be included in these units.

3. Your cumulative GPA should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

4. Your GPA in your major should be at least 3.5 or within the top 5% of majors in your department.

5. Most students apply for or are invited to participate in Honors in the Major during the second semester of their junior year. Then they complete the 6 units of course work over the two semesters of their senior year.

6. Your honors work culminates with a public presentation of your honors project.

While Honors in the Major is part of the Honors Program, each department administers its own program. Please contact your major department or major advisor to apply.

Honors in Child Development

In addition to the requirements for all Honors in the Major programs listed above, specific requirements for Honors in Child Development include: 1. Successful completion of CHLD 353. 2. Faculty recommendation. 3. Students admitted to the Honors in the Major program in child development will enroll in CHLD 499H the first semester of their senior year and CHLD 495H the second semester. It is recommended that CHLD 499H be taken concurrently with CHLD 392. A public presentation of the completed project will take place during the second semester. Students must earn at least a B grade in both CHLD 499H and CHLD 495H.