General Elective Option

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Students who have a professional goal that is not listed in the established concentrations may select a unique set of courses from the list of Approved CSUDH Electives [PDF] that they feel will advance their professional goals. For example, students interested in careers or advanced degrees in Child Life, Occupational Therapy, K-12 Education, or Special Education, may benefit from selecting the General Elective Option and following these course recommendations in these careers.

Students are responsible for making sure that their elective choices meet the established criteria. Elective choices that do NOT meet the established criteria will NOT be approved. If you have questions regarding course eligibility you should meet with your academic advisor to clarify any concerns. If all of your electives were completed at CSUDH, your elective will appear on your academic progress report after the course has been successfully completed. Students must pass their elective course with a grade of “C” or better. Your electives will undergo final approval by your Child Development Academic Advisor during your Graduation Check. Please review the Child Development Advisement webpage for information on applying for graduation.  To make an advisement appointment for your Graduation Check, please contact the Student Services Center.

Applying Prior Coursework towards the Elective Requirement

If you have taken coursework elsewhere that you think could meet the Elective coursework, please review the list of Approved non-CSUDH Electives [PDF] to verify if your coursework taken at another 4-year University is already approved. For ECE courses taken at a Community College, please review the list of eligible courses below.

If the course has previously been approved and appears on the transfer credit page in MyCSUDH, please contact the Student Services Center to make an advisement appointment with your academic advisor to have these courses applied as electives. Please bring a completed non-CSUDH Electives Approval Form [PDF] to your scheduled appointment.

If your coursework is not on the list of Approved non-CSUDH Electives, the course must be approved by your Faculty Advisor. Please note that the ECE courses listed below are the only courses from the Community Colleges that will be approved. Rare exceptions will be made for students who need to take a course a course at a Community College that is required for entry into a graduate program and the course is not offered at CSUDH (e.g., the separate anatomy and physiology courses needed for Occupational Therapy Programs).

To have a potential course substitution evaluated, submit the following materials to the Child Development Program Office:

  1. A completed Course Substitution Form [PDF],
  2. A copy of the course description from the college’s catalog, and
  3. A copy of the original course syllabus so the substance of the course can be evaluated.

Before you submit a course substitution form, please verify that the course in listed on the transfer credit page in MyCSUDH. Courses that do not appear on your transfer credit page and incomplete submissions will not be considered. Not all courses are eligible for substitution.

Once your course has been approved, please contact the Student Services Center to make an advisement appointment with your Child Development Academic Advisor to have the course applied as an elective. If you have multiple courses that need approval, please wait until all courses have been approved before making your appointment. The combination of your CSUDH and non-CSUDH electives will undergo final approval by your Academic Advisor during your Graduation Check. Please review the Child Development Advisement webpage for information on applying for graduation. To make an advisement appointment for your Graduation Check, please contact the Student Services Center.

Approved Community College ECE Courses

The California Curriculum Alignment Project (CAP) was developed by the Community Colleges of California to create standards in the field of ECE and assure consistency in student learning outcomes across campuses. Standards were created for 8 Core courses (CAP 8 Core). Four of these courses articulate with your CDV Core Curriculum. The remaining four courses may be used as CDV Electives. Students who transferred from a Community College in California and their career objective is Early Childhood Education (ECE) may transfer the following CAP 8 Core courses:

  • CAP 2 – Child, Family and Community
  • CAP 6 – Health, Safety, and Nutrition
  • CAP 7 – Teaching in a Diverse Society
  • CAP 8 – Practicum in Early Childhood Education

In order to transfer, all courses MUST be CAP Approved and CSU Transferable. Please visit the Child Development Training Consortium for a list of Community Colleges and their courses that are CAP Approved. Please check www.assist.org for updated information on CSU transferability. If one or more of the courses above are both CAP Approved and CSU Transferable, you may petition to have that course count as an elective (see Applying Prior Coursework towards the Electives Requirement above for instructions). If the course is not CAP Approved or CSU Transferable, it will not be accepted. No additional ECE courses taken at the Community College will be approved.