Child Development Program

The program in Child Development focuses on the study of the individual from conception through the end of adolescence in a plurality of contexts. Students are provided with fundamental knowledge of theoretical and methodological advances, developmental processes and current issues in the field. The curriculum includes both in-class and field experiences to prepare knowledgeable and effective child and family professionals. A unique feature of the curriculum is the inclusion of courses that are of special relevance to students from Southern California.

We believe that child development professionals play an important role in society with a significant impact on children. To ensure that our students graduate as well prepared professionals, our program rests on three fundamental elements –

Knowledge: providing a solid foundation in the scientific understanding of children’s development through academic rigor

Skills: providing opportunities to develop skills in observing and working with children through field experiences

Integrity: emphasizing the development of professional and personal qualities of reliability, accountability, preparation, collegiality, and compassion

Student Learning Outcomes

The following student learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Child Development. Upon completion of their degree, student will be able to:

  • Identify and apply developmental milestones and processes in the physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains from conception through adolescence.
  • Identify, integrate, critically evaluate, and apply theories, constructs, and empirical findings pertaining to child development.
  • Demonstrate the following research knowledge and skills: explain and apply the scientific method; identify, evaluate, and apply research and observation methods used in the study of children’s development; and calculate and interpret basic statistics.
  • Analyze and illustrate how culture, gender, ethnicity, social class, and contextual variables contribute to variation in development.
  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills that reflect the ability to summarize, apply, and synthesize developmental theories and empirical findings and that are consistent with the professional and ethical standards of the child development field.
  • Demonstrate professional skills (e.g., professional ethics, leadership and team work) related to the field of child development.
  • Demonstrate technological and computer literacy that permits the access, utilization, production, and dissemination of electronic information while observing ethical guidelines.

Program Office

1000 E Victoria Street
Carson, CA 90747

(310) 243-2029

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