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The Child Development program at California State University, Bakersfield offers a Child Development Major leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. It provides students with an undergraduate level knowledge of child growth and developmental theory. Child Development focuses upon the biological, psychological, and sociological foundations of child behavior and development. Through a variety of courses, laboratory experiences, and selected field work, students gain an intensive, as well as global, understanding of the developmental needs, patterns, and problems of children. Students build skills in observing, assessing, interpreting and implementing programs for individual children, working with and supervising child-centered programs, and participating in child-supporting structures.
All Child Development students are expected to; (1) complete a core of required courses (2) complete one of the specialty area tracks and (3) complete a capstone senior seminar and co-requisite internship. Tracks are designed to provide students with specialized knowledge and abilities in the following areas: Child Development or the Child Development subject matter program for the Multiple Subjects Credential program. Specialty Track areas are as follows:
CHILD DEVELOPMENT MAJOR
Prerequisites (15 units)
Specialty Area Tracks
Caring for Children in Formal Settings (34 units)
For Site Supervisor or Program Director. This program meets the new standards recently passed into California law and implemented by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
The "Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence" concentration is designed to provide a comprehensive examination of the social issues impacting on the lives of school-aged children and youth. The "Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence" concentration will provide future teachers and child advocates with a greater understanding of and appreciation for the complexity of the social problems facing children and youth. Moreover, prospective teachers and child advocates will be exposed to different methods used to effectively prevent, intervene, and guide young people who are experiencing difficulties in and out of school.
Courses for subject matter preparation needed for the California Multiple Subject Credential (CLAD/BCLAD emphasis).
For those interested in preparing for professional leadership roles in public policy development and administration as related to child and family issues and advocacy in the public, health care, human services, and non-profit sectors.
For those students who wish to understand the sources and consequences of human social action as related to the lives of children within their family, community and cultural settings.
The Child Development subject matter program has been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Persons interested in a teaching career may elect to follow this option. The successful completion of the program waives the subject matter examination (MSAT) required for licensing to teach in the public schools (Multiple Subject instruction).
All students desiring to major in Child Development, and especially those who desire also to fulfill the requirements for the Multiple Subjects Credential in the State of California, must plan a program of study in consultation with an advisor assigned by the program coordinator (EDUC 124, 664-3066). For a BA in child development with a subject-matter examination waiver leading to a teaching credential, the student must complete the following requirements:
Area One: Language
Area Thirteen: Subject Matter Competency/Orientation
Subject matter competency will be determined upon completion of the program
Area Fourteen: Concentration
This course is a three-way educational partnership between an elementary school, high school, and CSUB for high school juniors and seniors. This partnership enables high school students to work in elementary classrooms on a daily basis while receiving high school and university credit. The high school students are spending one to two periods a day on an elementary campus where they are assigned a classroom, much as a student teacher would be. Students are asked to maintain a written lesson plan of their activities as well as maintain consistent attendance. In order to participate, each student must apply to the program with a 3.0 GPA or better, and have two high school campus recommendations. Those who participate will receive 5 units of high school credit. They also have the opportunity to receive up to 6 college quarter units for the year through California State University, Bakersfield for a minimal fee of $2 per quarter.
CDEV 200 Introduction to Child Development (2)
Introduction to Child Development as a unique field of study. Introduces theory highlights, developmental milestones, and major tasks within the various domains of development of children-conception to adolescence. Overview of historical and contemporary views of Child Development that inform the laws and regulations governing child programs, child advocacy, and educational approaches to child learning. Explores Child Development as a profession, examines professional responsibilities, reviews publications, becomes cognizant of Child Development organizations, and relates child development’s relationship to other academic fields of study.
CDEV 208 Child, Family and Community (3)
Introduction of roles and interactions among and between child, family and community systems. This approach to understanding the interaction of child, family and community will emphasize an appreciation for diverse cultural, socioeconomic, and life-style needs. Students will become aware of individual and family requirements, social issues, and available support programs in the local area. Students will engage in program analysis and assessment of program effectiveness and quality in light of family needs and community priorities. Prerequisite: CDEV 200.
CDEV 210 Observation (2)
Advances the ability to make sensitive observations and accurate recordings of children of diverse life-styles and abilities. Uses observation for purposes of understanding, assessing, providing for, and creating programs and activities for a child’s specific developmental level, experiences, needs, and learning levels as appropriate to the child’s cultural and socioeconomic environmental contexts and interactive systems. Prerequisite: CDEV 200.
CDEV 220 Curriculum Procedures and Materials I (3)
Acquaints students with curriculum, procedures and materials important for effective child development programs. Emphasis on curriculum and learning theory and development, curriculum areas for nursery and preschool levels, materials, methodology and evaluation. Planning developmentally appropriate activities. Corequisite: CDEV 220L Curriculum Procedures and Materials Lab I.
CDEV 220L Curriculum Procedures and Materials Lab I (2)
Emphasis on learning and teaching practice; role of play in the child’s development, age-level appropriate classroom organization and management, child health, nutrition, and child self-care. Corequisite: CDEV 220.
CDEV 230 Curriculum Procedures and Materials II (3)
An extension of CDEV 220. Corequisite: CDEV 230L.
CDEV 230L Curriculum Procedures and Materials Lab II (2)
An extension of CDEV 220L. (Corequisite CDEV 230 Curriculum Procedures and Materials II)
CDEV 240 Introduction to Administration of Child Development Programs (5)
An overview of administration in Child Development programs for site supervisors and directors. Topics include program organization, staffing, proactive program management, historical background and philosophical underpinings of Child Development programs.
CDEV 250 Child Health, Safety and Nutrition (5)
Examines principles, practices and issues related to meeting the health, safety and nutritional needs of children emphasizing physiological and biological aspects of development. Students will learn techniques of support and implementation of health and safety practices and their impact on an individual child’s development and how these practices might be adapted to support the goals and values of family and community systems. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 Introduction to Child Development.
CDEV 296 Human Corps (1)
One unit of credit for 30 or more hours of volunteer community service experience working directly with young children (Pre-K through grade 3) in a variety of socioeconomic settings. Open to students who are interested in pursuing a career in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K through grade 3). Students may request an assignment through the Human Corps office. A journal, a brief reflective paper and occasional meetings with a faculty sponsor are required. This course may be repeated up to twelve times (12 units), however, students may earn only one unit per quarter. Offered on a credit, no-credit basis only.
CDEV 299 Individual Study (1-5)
CDEV 311 Fundamentals of Child Development
- Conception to Year Six (4)
(Formerly CDEV 411)
Focus on growth and development from conception through six. Special emphasis is given to contemporary research in physiological and motor development, socio-emotional development, cognitive development, health and nutrition, child rearing practices and infant stimulation. Cultural and ethnic influences are also considered. Lecture/discussion. Prerequisite: CDEV 208.
CDEV 312 Fundamentals of Child Development
- Year Six to Adolescence (4)
(Formerly CDEV 412)
Advanced study in growth and development from early childhood to adolescence. Contemporary research and evidence from filed experiences with children in a variety of environments, examination of patterns and causes of behavior, lectures, reflective papers, cooperative learning activities and class presentations. Prerequisite: CDEV 208.
CDEV 313 Fundamentals of Child Development
- Adolescence (4)
(Formerly CDEV 413)
This series of classes in human development will introduce theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the study of the social, emotional/psychological, biological/physical, cognitive, language/communicative and aesthetic aspects of human development from birth through adolescence. Will examine development within the various contexts in their many and diverse configurations including; cultural, familial, educational, socioeconomic, and ability contexts. Prerequisite: CDEV 200.
CDEV 320 Individual and Family Development in Non-Western Cultures (5)
An exploration of the values, attitudes, child rearing practices, family and social relationships in a variety of non-western cultural settings. The impact of these factors on personal, social, economic and political systems will be discussed. Comparisons with western family systems including cultural universals and differences will be emphasized. The course will also analyze immigrant experiences in the United States. Prerequisite: CDEV 200.
CDEV 350 Child Guidance and Management (5)
Examination of the child’s interpersonal, emotional, and personality development, emphasizing theoretical issues and research. Study of models of guidance and management and their implications for academic, home and clinical settings.
CDEV 360 Parenting and Family Relations (5)
Emphasis on parent education, interpersonal communication and system awareness. Instruction in Child Development programs to support individual abilities and to meet legal requirements and community goals.
CDEV 410 Research, Assessment and Evaluation
of Children and Families (5)
(Formerly CDEV 300)
Introduction to the interpretation and analysis of Child Development theory and research. Develops an awareness of research methodology, assessment, and evaluation of children and families as represented in the body of Child Development literature. Emphasis on research as applied to children and families of diverse cultural, socioeconomic and life-style backgrounds as representing the current study of Child Development. Includes examination of research design, data collection strategies, reliability, validity, ethics and values to increase students’ ability to locate, understand, critique, report and use child development research. Prerequisites: MATH 140 or PSYCH 200, CDEV 311, CDEV 312 and CDEV 313.
CDEV 414 Advanced Practicum (2)
An application of theory in various clinical and community settings. Placement according to specialization track. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
CDEV 420 Advanced Administration of Child Development Programs (4)
Administrative course for site supervisors and program directors. Topics will include financing, budget requirements, legal codes, planning, operating, evaluating and staff training of Child Development programs.
CDEV 430 Adult Education and Supervision (3)
Developing knowledge and skills for effective communication with adults in Early Childhood settings. Topics include human relations management, processes for supervision of adults, and parent relations for program administration.
CDEV 440 Advanced Practicum in Adult Education and Supervision (2)
Twenty-five (25) days of supervision, may be repeated for credit. Three hundred and fifty (350) days of 3+ hours per day within 4 years—at least 100 days of supervising adults). Prerequisite: CDEV 420 and CDEV 430.
CDEV 481 Directed Research in Child Development (1-5)
Students conduct research investigation in the area of child development under faculty supervision. Strongly suggested for majors who are considering graduate study in child development. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor who will serve as sponsor, approved by the Child Development Program Coordinator and Dean of the School of Education.
CDEV 489 Experiential Prior Learning (variable units)
Evaluation and assessment of learning which has occurred as a result of prior off-campus experience relevant to the curriculum of the department. Requires complementary academic study and/or documentation. Available by petition only, on a credit, no-credit basis. Not open to post-baccalaureate students. Interested students should contact the program office.
CDEV 490 Senior Seminar (4)
A senior capstone class to study the nature of Child Development as a field of study and to support the ability of students to integrate knowledge and skills from relevant courses within the theoretical constructs appropriate to the understanding of children from a developmental point of view. Provides a culminating experience for the Child Development major designed to synthesize the broad concepts of the field, examine current issues and problems within the domain of Child Development, and provide the opportunity to strengthen competencies needed to achieve personal and professional goals. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
CDEV 497 Cooperative Education (1-5)
CDEV 499 Individual Study (1-5)