Child Development Major, Minor and Permit Requirements

The Department of Education & Child Development offers a major and minor in Child Development, and course work for the Child Development Permit issued by the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.


Guidelines for a Major in Child Development

Completion of all disciplinary core and extra-departmental requirements, for a total of at least 34 - 37 credits.

Core Requirements

  • Introduction to Child Development, CHDV 105, (3 credits)
  • Field Methods: Child Study through Observation and Interaction, CHDV 220, (3  credits)
  • Infancy through Early Childhood, CHDV 315, (3 credits)
  • Middle Childhood, CHDV 330, (3 credits)
  • Practicum: Integration of Theory and Practice, CHDV 477 (early childhood) or CHDV 478 (elementary or middle school), (4 credits)
  • Senior Seminar in Child Development, CHDV 497, (3 credits)
  • One additional CHDV elective, (3-4 credits)

Additional Requirements

  • Cultural Contexts of Childhood, ANTH 374, (3 credits)
    OR Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Education, EDUC 300, (3 credits)
    OR approved child development course in Denmark
  • Statistics, PSYC 214 OR other approved statistics course, (3-4 credits)

One of the following:

  • Field Research: Crossing Cultural Boundaries, ANTH 311, (3-4 credits)
  • Experimental Psychology, PSYC 212, (4 credits)
  • Approaches to Social Research, SOC 310, (3 credits)
  • At least one additional course (3 to 4 credits) related to the major as approved by the advisor.​

Guidelines for a Minor in Child Development

A minimum of 21 credits. A minor must be planned in consultation with a Child Development advisor.

Core Requirements

  • Introduction to Child Development, CHDV 105, (3 credits)
  • Field Methods: Child Study through Observation and Interaction, CHDV 220, (3 credits)
  • Infancy through Early Childhood, CHDV 315, (3 credits)
  • Middle Childhood and Adolescence, CHDV 330, (3 credits)

Additional Requirements, Two of the following:

  • One additional CHDV elective, (3-4 credits)
  • Cultural Contexts of Childhood, ANTH 374, (3 credits)
    OR Sociological and Anthropological Perspectives on Education, EDUC 300, (3 credits)
    OR approved child development course in Denmark.
  • Statistics, PSYC 214 OR other approved statistics course, (3-4 credits)

One of the following:

  • Field Research: Crossing Cultural Boundaries, ANTH 311, (3-4 credits)
  • Experimental Psychology, PSYC 212, (4 credits)
  • Approaches to Social Research, SOC 310, (3 credits)​

Guidelines for the Child Development Permit

A minimum of 15 credits (at least 3 in supervised fieldwork). At the completion of credits, students must apply at The State of California, Commission on Teacher Credentialing to receive a Child Development Permit. This involves: completing Application 41-4, obtaining fingerprint clearance, obtaining transcripts, and paying a modest fee.

Requirements:

  • Introduction to Child Development, CHDV 105, (3 units)
  • Infancy through Early Childhood, CHDV 315, (3 units)
  • Early Childhood Education, CHDV 210, (4 units)
  • Child, Family and Community, CHDV 211, (3 units)
  • Integrating Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education (supervised fieldwork), CHDV 477, (4 units)