The Minor in Child Development

The Child Development Minor is intended to provide interested students a meaningful supplement and expansion of their major, liberal arts education, or professional preparation in specific areas. The CD minor uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of child development.

Course Requirements for the Minor: 20-21 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Minor Core Program: 9 units

1 course required:

CHLD 251 Observational Techniques 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: concurrent registration or prior completion of CHLD 250 or CHLD 252.

1 course selected from:

CHLD 250 Child Development 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Registration in CHLD 251 for Child Development majors and minors.
CHLD 252 Child Development 3.0 FS *

1 course selected from:

CHLD 355 Children, Families, and Social Policy 3.0 Inq
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 or PSYC 355, faculty permission.

Electives: 11-12 units

Advanced Developmental Studies: 3 units

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.
CHLD 350 Prenatal-Infant Development 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252 or PSYC 355.
CHLD 354 The 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.

Curriculum Activities: 3 units

1 course selected from:

ARTS 493 Development of Children's Art (P-8) 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing or faculty permission.
CHLD 282 Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum for Children: Theory to Practice 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252, CHLD 251.
KINE 302 Foundations of Childhood Physical Education 3.0 FS
KINE 303 Motor Development in Children 3.0 FS
MUSC 326 Music for Children 3.0 FS
MUSC 327 Music for Early Childhood 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.
MUSC 328 Music in Recreation 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: MUSC 326, faculty permission.
RDGL 554 Literature for Children 3.0 FS
THEA 311 Children's Literature in Performance 3.0 FS

Psychological Processes: 3 units

1 course selected from:

PSYC 151 Socio-Cultural Context of Psychological Development 3.0 FS *
PSYC 353 Learning in the Young Child 3.0 FS
PSYC 355 Survey of Child and Adolescent Psychology 3.0 FS
PSYC 456 Advanced Child Psychology 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: PSYC 355 or equivalent.
PSYC 457 Psychology of the Exceptional Child 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: Recommended: PSYC 355 or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).
SPED 343 Overview of Special Education 3.0 FS

Children's Programs: 2-3 units

1 course selected from:

CHLD 440 Issues in Assessment for Children and Families 3.0 FS
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252, CHLD 251, CHLD 282, CHLD 353, and GE math with a grade of C- or higher.
CHLD 456 Administration of Child Development Programs 3.0 FA
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252, CHLD 251.
CHLD 462 Adult Supervision in Child Development Programs 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252, CHLD 251.
CHLD 551 Staff and Family Relations 3.0 SP
Prerequisites: CHLD 250 or CHLD 252, CHLD 251, senior standing.
SOCI 360 Self and Society 3.0 Inq
SPED 563 Collaboration in Education and the Helping Professions 2.0 FS
Prerequisites: SPED 343, SPED 569. Senior standing is recommended.
SWRK 320 Child Welfare 3.0 FS

Students must select courses from at least three different departments for the elective requirement.