Concentrations in Child Development

When selecting a concentration, students should reflect upon the knowledge or skills they may require in their desired work and choose coursework that would enable them advance their professional goals. These options aggregate courses that will enhance your knowledge and skills in a particular career area.

Concentration in Early Teaching and Learning

The courses recommended for Early Teaching and Learning Concentration are designed to prepare students to enhance children’s language and math learning in early childhood. Students who intend to work as preschool teachers, childcare providers, or develop curriculum for childcare centers would benefit from selecting the courses in this option. Students will gain an understanding of the concepts and theories associated with language and math development and learning from birth through age 5. Students will learn how to plan and implement age-appropriate learning experiences as well as assess children’s abilities in these two domains.

Required Courses (12 units):

  • LBS 310 – Early Language and Learning (3)
  • LBS 320* – Emergent Literacy and Learning (3)
  • LBS 330 – Bridging Cultures through Literacy and Learning (3)
  • LBS 340 – Learning Early Mathematical Concepts and Reasoning (3)

*Note: LBS 320 has been discontinued, please contact your Child Development Advisor for a list of acceptable replacement courses.

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Concentration in Counseling and Family Services

The courses recommended for Counseling & Family Services Concentration are designed for students who may work in a variety of career settings serving families and children and/or counseling. Students will gain knowledge and skills pertaining to working with families, cultural diversity in child and family services, and common problems in families and communities. Students will further gain knowledge and skills to prepare them for entry into graduate programs such as marriage and family therapy, social work, counseling, and clinical psychology. Students interested in careers in family and child services, social work, counseling, child life, or parent education would benefit from taking courses in this area. Students should:

  1. Examine the admission requirements for the graduate programs they plan to apply for and
  2. Select elective courses accordingly.

Select four courses from the following (12 units):

  • PSY 367 – Effective Communication Skills
    or
    SOC 341 – Seminar in Small Groups (3)
  • SOC 320 – The Family (3)
  • SOC 363 – Sociology of Alcohol and Other Drug Use (3)
  • SOC 386 – Sociology of the Helping Professions
  • PSY 314 – Behavior Modification (3)
  • PSY 360 – Theories of Personality (3)
  • PSY 353 – The Experience of Death and Dying: Psychological Perspectives (3)
  • PSY 363 – The Abnormal Personality (3)
  • PSY 464 – Introduction to Clinical Psychology (3)

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Concentration in Juvenile Delinquency

The courses recommended for the Juvenile Delinquency Concentration are designed for students who intend to work with at-risk youth in community organizations, juvenile courts, group homes, and/or youth programs for high risk youth. Potential careers include guidance counselors, probation officers, or youth program coordinators. Students will gain an understanding of:

  1. The theories, policies, and procedures of the juvenile justice system and
  2. The causes of delinquent behavior among adolescents as well as the adjustment problems and treatment of delinquent youth.

Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge about:

  1. The development and perpetuation of gangs and adolescent subcultures,
  2. Social interactions and facilitation of small groups (especially for students who plan to facilitate youth group interventions),
  3. Drug and alcohol use and abuse (a common problem behavior among adolescents),
  4. The forms and processes of deviant behavior, or
  5. The political, social, and cultural factors associated with criminal justice administration and police-community relations.

Students who choose this concentration must take the required courses and then select two courses from the listed options.

Required Courses (6 units):

  • CJA 444 – Juvenile Justice Process (3) 
  • SOC 369 – Juvenile Delinquency (3)

Select two courses from the following (6 units):

  • CJA 340 – Criminal Justice and the Community (3)
  • CJA 443 – Criminal Law and Justice Administration (3)
  • SOC 306 – Program Evaluation (3)
  • SOC 341 – Seminar in Small Groups (3)
    or
    PSY 367 – Effective Communication Skills (3)
  • SOC 362 – Gangs and Adolescent Subcultures (3)
  • SOC 363 – Sociology of Drug and Alcohol Use (3)
  • SOC 365 – Deviant Behavior (3)

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Concentration in Management and Administration

The courses recommended for the Management and Administration Concentration are designed to prepare students for careers as managers, supervisors, owners, or founders of businesses and organizations that focus on the enrichment and development of children and adolescents. Students will gain an overall understanding of management theory and organizational dynamics. In addition, they will acquire knowledge and skills in specialized areas of business that coincide with their professional interests and goals. Students will have an opportunity to gain knowledge and skills in (1) finance, (2) human resource management, (3) marketing, and (4) business and interpersonal communication. Students may also choose an array of courses that allow them to acquire knowledge and skills geared towards (1) evaluating the effectiveness of a program, (2) understanding the philosophical, economic, political, and social basis of non-profit organizations, (3) managing non-profit organizations, and (4) acquiring the capital to fund a non-profit.

Required Courses (6 units):

  • MGT 310 – Management Theory (3)
    or
    PUB 300 Foundations of Public Administration
  • MGT 312 – Organizational Behavior (3) (Prerequisite: MGT 310)
    or
    PUB 301 – Administrative Leadership and Behavior (3)

Select two additional courses from the following (6 units):

  • MGT 416 – Leadership (3) (Prerequisite: MGT 312)
  • MKT 350 – Principles of Marketing (3)
  • FIN 360 – Business Finance (3)
  • HRM 313 – Human Resource Management (3) (Prerequisite: MGT 310)
  • BUS 301* – Employment Communications (1)
  • BUS 302* – Written Communications (1)
  • BUS 303* – Oral Communications (1)
  • PUB 426 – Intergovernmental Relations and Grant Writing (3)
  • PUB 450 – Nonprofit and Voluntary Sectors (3)
  • PUB 451 – Managing the Nonprofit Organization (3) (Prerequisite: PUB 450)
  • PSY 367 – Effective Communication Skills (3)
  • SOC 306 – Program Evaluation (3)

*Note: Students must take BUS 301, BUS 302, and BUS 303 in order for the course to meet the requirement. This is a three series course that is taking in the same semester. Please register for all three courses in the same semester.

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