Course Recommendations for Specific Careers

Although we do not have specific concentrations in the careers listed below, students who wish to pursue these careers may benefit from selecting the General Elective Option and choosing elective courses from the recommendations below.

Child Life Specialist

Students interested in a career in child life should consider the following courses. For more information on curriculum recommendations and careers as a child life specialist, please visit the Child Life Council website.

Recommended Courses

  • PSY 367 – Effective Communication Skills
  • 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)
  • SPE 460 – Introduction to Special Education (3)*

* Please see criteria for enrolling in Special Education courses listed under the Special Education Option below.

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Pre-Occupational Therapy

Students who are interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Occupational Therapy (OT) should consider taking some of the common prerequisite requirements for Occupational Therapy master’s program. Students will gain general knowledge and skills in human anatomy, physiology, and kinesiology. In addition, students will gain an understanding of the causes and manifestations of psychological disorders. While the suggested courses are common prerequisite requirements for Occupational Therapy programs, students should check the current admission requirements for the specific universities they plan to apply to as admission requirements vary by university and are subject to change.

Recommended Courses

  • Human Anatomy w/lab
  • Human Physiology w/lab
  • PSY 363 – The Abnormal Personality (3)

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Education and Special Education

Students who are interested in entering master’s degree or credential programs in education or special education should consider taking one or more of the following courses to prepare for these programs. Student should consider SPE 460 or SPE 480 and SPE 481 depending on the prerequisites required for the credential program they intend to apply for.

Recommended Courses

  • SOC 321 – Sociology of Education or SOC 322 – Social Environment of Education (3)
  • ART 301 – Arts and Crafts for the Non-Major (3)
  • DAN 440 – Dance for Children or KIN 447 – Dance Education in the Elementary School (3)
  • MUS 340 – Music for Children (3)
  • THE 337 – Creative Dramatics (3)
  • ENG 308 – Critical Approaches to Children’s Literature (3)
  • SPE 460 – Introduction to Special Education (3)*
  • SPE 480 – Educating Exceptional Children and Youth (3)*
  • SPE 481 – Educating Diverse Learners with Exceptionalities (3)*

* Please see criteria for enrolling in Special Education courses below.

Eligibility for Enrollment in Special Education Courses

To be eligible to enroll in Special Education courses, Child Development majors MUST meet the following criteria:

  • Have senior-level standing (90+ units completed)
  • A minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Complete ALL Child Development Advanced Level** coursework successfully (i.e., received a grade of “C” or better)

** Advanced Level Courses include CDV 366, CDV 380, and CDV 420.

If you meet these criteria, you may contact the Child Development Program office to receive a memo verifying that you are eligible to enroll in the Special Education courses. On the first day of class, you MUST present this memo to the instructor of the course. If there is room available in the course, the instructor will provide you with a permission number to enroll.

Students may NOT enroll in these courses directly. Rather, you must obtain a permission number directly from the instructor of the course. Permission numbers will not be administered until the first day of classes at the start of the semester. If you enroll in one of these courses without obtaining a permission number from the instructor of the course, you will be dropped from the course. If you would like to enroll in one of these Special Education courses, please contact the Child Development Program Office at cdevelopment@csudh.edu to arrange an appointment to receive a verification memo.

  • SPE 460 – Introduction to Special Education (3)
  • SPE 480 – Educating Exceptional Children and Youth (3)
  • SPE 481 – Educating Diverse Learners with Exceptionalities (3)

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