CHILD DEVELOPMENT

Child Development Courses Related to Agency Employment

Listed below are courses offered at CSU, Chico that fall into categories for requirements of various agencies, including Title 22 Guidelines for Community Care Licensing (Department of Social Services), Child Development Permit requirements (California Commission on Teaching Credentialing and Title 5 Agencies), and federal programs (Early Head Start/Head Start). It is ultimately the decision of the specific agency to accept or reject any coursework for their specific programs. 

Community Care Licensing (Title 22) requirements include 3 units in each of the core areas for teachers and directors in Child Care programs. These core units are also a component of the Child Development Permit. Please note that some of the following coursework has prerequisites.


  • Child/Human Growth and Development

    CHLD 252 – Child Development

    PSYC 355 – Survey of Child and Adolescent Psychology

  • Child, Family, and Community/Child and Family

    CHLD 255 – Marriage and Family Relationships

    CHLD 451 – Working with Families in Diverse Communities: Adv.

    CHLD 455 – Seminar in Family Relations

    PSYC 151 – Socio-Cultural Context of Psych Development

  • Programs/Curriculum

    CHLD 282 – Developmentally Approp. Curriculum for Children

    KINE 302 – Foundations of Childhood Physical Education

    MUSC 326 – Music for Children 

    ARTS 493 – Development of Children’s Art (P-8)

  • General Areas in Child Development

    CHLD 251 – Observational Techniques 

    BIOL 318 – Biology of Childhood

    CHLD 350 – Prenatal-Infant Development: Adv.

    HCSV 363 – Child Health

    CHLD 351 – Toddler-Early Childhood Development: Adv.

    KINE 302 – Foundations of Childhood Physical Education 

    CHLD 354 – The School-Aged Child

    PSYC 353 – Learning in the Young Child

    CHLD 357 – Adolescent Development

    PSYC 457 – Psychology of the Exceptional Child

    CHLD 392 – Child Development Practicum

    SPED 343 – Overview of Special Education 

    CHLD 440 – Issues in Assessment for Children and Families

    CHLD 492 – Child Development Practice: Children and Families

    CHLD 495 – Senior Seminar in Child Development


In addition to the core units listed above for teachers, there are additional roles in child care facilities which may need further coursework. Below are courses offered at Chico State which may apply to these positions.


  • Infant-Toddler coursework

    CHLD 350 – Prenatal-Infant Development: Adv.

    CHLD 351 – Toddler-Early Childhood Development: Adv.

  • Center Director Administration coursework

    CHLD 451 – Working with Families in Diverse Communities: Adv.

    CHLD 456 – Administration of Child Development Programs: Adv.

    CHLD 462 – Adult Supervision in Child Development Programs: Adv.

  • School-Aged coursework

    CHLD 354 – The School-Aged Child

    Substitutions for early childhood coursework may apply; see agency regulations for specifics.