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Liberal Studies Child Development (BA)

In core courses students learn basic principles and theories of child development as well as practices that support children and families. Students also select one of the following three tracks: Track 1: Teaching / Track 2: Child and Family Services / Track 3: Specialized

Core Requirements

    • CD 211: Perspectives: Professional Development
    • CD 257: Supervised Work with Children I
    • CD 310: Perspectives: History & Theory
    • CD 350: Perspectives: Life-Span Development
    • CD 354: Methods of Observation
    • CD 355: Language Development, or
    • COMM 422: Children's Communication
      Development
    • CD 366: Exceptional Children & Their Families
    • CD 467: Working with Culturally Diverse Families
    • CD 469: Contemporary Issues in Child Development
    • CD 479: Policy Analysis & Advocacy
    • Plus one course from the following:

      • CD 253 Prenatal & Infant Development
      • CD 255 Early Childhood Development
      • CD 256 Middle Childhood Development
      • PSYCH 414 Psychology Of Adolescence & Young Adulthood

Track 1 Requirements (24-25 Units)

  • CD 356: Curriculum Development for Early Childhood
  • CD 357: Early Literacy
  • CD 358: Supervised Work with Children II
  • CD 446/CD 546: Structure & Content of
    Children's Thinking
  • CD 482: Directed Field Experience

Specialization 1: Early Childhood Education & Care

  • CD 255: Early Childhood Development
  • CD 251: Children, Families and Their Communities
  • CD 352: Parent/Child Relationships
  • and 2 - 3 units from:
  • CD 362: Children and Stress
  • CD 461: Topics in Early Childhood Administration
  • CD 463: Administration of Early Childhood Programs
  • CD 464: Atypical Child Development
  • Specialization 2: Elementary Education

  • CD 256: Middle Childhood Development
  • MATH 308B & 308C: Mathematics for
    Elementary Education
  • SCI 331: Fundamental Concepts in Science Education
  • KINS 475: Elementary School Physical Education
  • ART 358: Art Structure
  • Specialization 3: Special Education / Early Intervention

  • CD 352: Parent/Child Relationships
  • and 6 units from:
  • CD 109Y: American Sign Language I, or
  • CD 109Z: American Sign Language II
  • CD 362: Children and Stress
  • CD 464: Atypical Child Development
  • PSYC 418: Developmental Psychopathology

Track 2 Requirements (24 Units)

  • CD 251: Children, Families and Their Communities
  • CD 352: Parent/Child Relationships
  • Emphasis Areas

  • Chose 9 units from one discipline (see course catalog for specific course requirements)
  • Child Development
  • Psychology
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • American Indian Communities
  • Diversity
  • Family Intervention
  • Language
  • Program Administration
  • Recreational Programming
  • Special Populations
  • Technology

Track 3 Requirements (24 Units)

  • This track is individually designed for students who require specialized preparation and/or post-graduate studies. Students select courses in consultation with their advisor. The program must include:
  • CD 482 Field Placement, or
  • CD 499 Senior Project
  • Plus, child development faculty recommend the program include:
  • ƒ- A coherent emphasis including at least
    9 units from a single discipline
  • - A specialization of at least 7 related units associated with the emphasis
  • - Specific courses that may be required
    or recommended for graduate school
    admission or specialized