C A L I F O R N I A S T A T E U N I V E R S I T Y B A K E R S F I E L D
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The Child Development Program (CDEV) at California State University, Bakersfield, offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. The CDEV program provides students with an undergraduate level of knowledge within
Child Development. This program highlights diverse theories, milestones of development, family systems processes, ethics, and developmental research methods.
The CDEV major focuses on the biological, cognitive, psychological, and sociological foundations of child behavior and development. Students will acquire knowledge and gain understanding through exposure to relevant
literature, current research, selected service, and fieldwork. Students will gain an intensive, as well as global, understanding of the developmental needs, behavioral patterns, and problems of children and their families. Through a variety of
courses students gain and refine skills in: observing, assessing, interpreting, and implementing programs for children and families; working with and supervising child-centered programs; participating in supportive structures for children and
adolescents; and understanding families from diverse backgrounds.
All Child Development students are expected to complete: 1) a core of required courses, (2) one of the specialty area concentrations, and (3) a capstone senior seminar. Concentrations are designed to provide students with
specialized knowledge and abilities in one of the following areas: Elementary Education/Multiple Subjects Waiver; Caring for Children and Families in Formal Settings; Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence; Public Policy; or Sociological Perspectives of
Children and Families. Unit requirements of the specialty concentration areas are as follows:
• Elementary Education/Subject Matter Preparation (32 units)
• Caring for Children and Families in Formal
Settings (34 units)
• Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence (35 units)
• Public Policy (35 units)
• Sociological Perspectives of Children and Families (35 units)
Child Development Major
Prerequisites (14 units)
1. CDEV 200 Introduction to Child, Adolescent, and Family Development (2) and
CDEV 210 Observation of Children (2) or
PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology (5)
2. BIOL 100 Perspectives in Biology (5)
3. PSYC 200 Statistical Methods Psychological Research (5) or
MATH 140 Elementary Statistics (5)
Core (32 units)
1. CDEV 208 Child, Family and Community (3)
2. CDEV 250 Child Health, Safety & Nutrition (5)
3. CDEV 311 Infant/Toddler Development (4)
4. CDEV 312 Child Development in the School Years (4) or
CDEV 313 Adolescent Development (4)
5. CDEV 320 Individual and Family Development in Diverse Cultures (5)
6. CDEV 410 Research, Assessment and
Evaluation of Children and Families (5)
7. CDEV 414 Advanced Practicum (2)
8. CDEV 490 Senior Seminar (4)
Specialty Area Concentrations
Elementary Education/Subject Matter Preparation for Elementary Teachers (32 units)
A specialty concentration in Child Development—Elementary Education provides an academic experience best suited to those who wish to teach in the elementary K-8 setting. The CDEV Elementary Education student will take
classes that have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) as a program meeting the requirements to waive the Multiple Subject Aptitude Test (MSAT). Upon successful completion of the courses described below, the
student will have completed all the California State Department of Education and California State University requirements for the Multiple Subject competency in preparation for entrance into an elementary credential program.
This specialty track is for students who plan to become elementary teachers. The courses listed satisfy CSUB requirements for the Subject Matter Preparation needed to enter the CSUB Credential Program. These courses may
fulfill CDEV, General Education, California Commission on Teacher Credential (CCTC), or minor requirements (GE = General Education).
1. Fine Arts Course
a. ART 401 Theory and Practice of Art (5) or
b. MUS 310 Foundations of Music Education (5) or
c. THTR 305 Creative Dramatics (5) and
d. One other performing arts class (5) (one class from a, b, c, or d must be a music class).
2. HIST 231 Survey of American History (5) (also meets GE)
3. Human Development (at least one of the following):
(also meets CDEV)
a. CDEV 208 Child, Family, and Community (3) (prerequisite: CDEV 200, CDEV 210)
b. CDEV 311 Infant/Toddler Development (5)
(prerequisite: CDEV 200, CDEV 210)
c. CDEV 312 Child and Family Development in the School Years (5) (prerequisite: CDEV 200, CDEV 210)
d. CDEV 313 Adolescent Development (5)
(prerequisite: CDEV 200, CDEV 210)
4. Humanities (at least one of the following):
(also meets GE)
a. PHIL 102 Logical Reasoning (5)
b. HUM 102 Critical Thinking and Writing (5)
5. Language (also meets upper division writing requirement)
a. ENGL 319 The Structure of English (5)
(prerequisite: ENGL 110 or equivalent)
b. ENGL 310 Advanced Writing (5) (with a grade of "C" or better) (prerequisite: ENGL 110 and Upper
Division standing) or
ENGL 305 Modes of Writing (5) (with a grade of "C" or better) (prerequisite: ENGL 110 and Upper division standing)
6. Literature Course from General Education Area C 4 (5) (also meets GE)
(must take both of the following):
a. MATH 320 Introduction to Number
Systems (5) (prerequisite: MATH 220 or passing score on MATH 220 Waiver Exam, or score of 550+ on ELM)
b. MATH 321 Introduction to Modern
Geometry (5) (prerequisite: MATH 320 with a grade of "C-" or better)
8. PEAK 345 Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School (3)
9. SCI 315 Integrated Science (5) (prerequisite:
BIOL 100 and SCI 101) or
SCI 316 Integrated Science (5) (prerequisite:
BIOL 100 and SCI 101) or
SCI 317 Integrated Science (5) (prerequisite:
BIOL 100 and SCI 101) or
10. CDEV 490 Senior Seminar (5) (also CDEV core) (prerequisite: Senior Standing)
11. Social Science Course from Theme 3: Social and Behavioral Sciences (5)
Caring for Children and Families in Formal Settings (34 units)
The specialty track in Caring for Children and Families in Formal Settings will foster skills and knowledge, in understanding curriculum design, development, implementation, and evaluation of child and family programs.
1. CDEV 220 Curriculum Procedures & Materials and Laboratory for Young Children (5)
3. CDEV 230 Curriculum Procedures & Materials and Laboratory for School Aged Children (5)
5. CDEV 240 Introduction to Leadership within Child and Family Programs (5)
6. CDEV 350 Child Guidance & Management (5)
7. CDEV 360 Parenting and Family Relations (5)
8. CDEV 420 Advanced Techniques for Working in Child and Family Settings (4)
9. CDEV 430 Parent and Family Education (3)
10. CDEV 440 Advanced Practicum in Parent and Family Education (2)
Understanding Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence (35 units)
The Understanding Drugs, Gangs, and Youth Violence concentration is designed to provide a comprehensive examination of the social issues impacting the lives of at-risk school-aged children and youth. Prospective teachers
and child advocates will be exposed to a variety of methods and strategies used to effectively prevent, intervene, and guide young people who are experiencing difficulties in school, home or community environments.
1. CRJU 240 Introduction to Criminal Justice (5)
2. CRJU 330 Race, Ethnicity and the Criminal Justice System (5)
3. CRJU 340 Drugs and Crime (5)
4. CRJU 345 Gangs in America (5)
5. CRJU 380 Juvenile Justice Process and Systems (5) (prerequisite: CRJU 240)
6. CRJU 430 Victims and the Criminal Justice
System (5) (prerequisite: CRJU 240)
7. CRJU 477 Profiling Violence (5)
Public Policy (35 units)
This concentration is for those students 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 nonprofit sectors.
1. INST 275 Administrative Process in Government (5)
2. PPA 340 Policy Networks, Science,
Technology, and Health (5)
3. PPA 400 Public Management & Leadership (5)
4. PPA 471 Administration in the Judicial System (5)
5. PPA 473 Public Administration and the Political Process (5)
6. PPA 476 Public Human Resource Administration (5)
7. PPA 478 Budgeting in Public Organizations (5)
Sociological Perspectives of Children (35 units)
The specialty concentration in Sociological Perspectives of Children is 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.
1. SOC 220 Contemporary Social Problems in American Society (5)
2. SOC 312 Social Psychology (5)
3. SOC 322 Social Services and Social Problems (5)
4. SOC 326 Juvenile Delinquency (5)
5. SOC 364 Family and Society (5)
6. SOC 366 Childhood and Society (5)
7. SOC 464 Family and Stress (5)
Child Development Minor
A student wishing to minor in Child Development should request a "Special Minor—Child Development" from their academic advisor. The minor consists of at least 20 quarter units in CDEV, of which at least 15
units must be upper division. A faculty member in the Child Development Program must approve the specific course of study.
Those students majoring in Liberal Studies and seeking a Child Development Concentration may use CDEV 312, CDEV 313, and CDEV 320 toward the concentration in Child Development.
Note: Among the courses comprising the Child Development major and specialty areas (see above), those not found elsewhere in this catalog are listed below.
CDEV 101 Introduction to Teaching in the
Elementary School (2)
This course is open to high school students. This course enables high school students to work in elementary classrooms while receiving high school and university credit. In order to participate, students must apply to the
program, maintain a 3.0 GPA or better, and have two recommendations from their high school. Those who participate will receive units toward high school graduation and have the opportunity to earn up to 6 college quarter units per year.
CDEV 200 Introduction to Child Development (2)
Introduction to Child, Adolescent, and Family Development as a unique field of study. Introduces developmental theory highlights, common milestones across developmental domains, family systems, ethics, introduction to
research methods and observation techniques. Explores Child Development as a profession, examines professional responsibilities, reviews publications, becomes cognizant of child organizations, and connects Child and Family development to other
related fields of study.
CDEV 208 Child, Family and Community (3)
Introduction of roles of 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.
CDEV 210 Observation of Children (2)
Advances the ability to make sensitive observations and accurate recordings of children and families of diverse life-styles and abilities. Includes a Service Learning component requiring students to work and interact with
children to link theory and practice. Upon consent of the instructor, this class can fulfill the Subject Matter Preparation requirement for an Early Field Experience in the Elementary School by a Field or Service Learning placement in the elementary
CDEV 220 Curriculum, Procedures, Materials, and Laboratory Experience for the Young Child (5)
Acquaints students with curriculum, procedures and materials important for effective child development programs. Emphasis on learning theory and development as related to learning environments, curriculum areas for the
young child, materials, methodology, and evaluation. Planning developmentally appropriate activities that are respectful and sensitive to individual abilities as well as cultural and family backgrounds. Emphasis on learning and teaching practices;
the role of play in the child’s development, age and ability appropriate classroom organization and management, child health, nutrition, and child self-care. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 230 Curriculum, Procedures, Materials, and Laboratory Experience in the Elementary School Setting (5)
Acquaints students with curriculum, procedures, and materials important for effective elementary classroom planning. Emphasizes curriculum requirements, learning theory, research and assessment, development, methodology,
and planning developmentally appropriate activities. Emphasis on learning and effective teaching practice; the role of play in the child’s development, age-level appropriate classroom organization and management. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV
CDEV 240 Introduction to Administration of Child and Family Programs (5)
An overview of administration in child and family programs for site supervisors and directors. Topics include program organization, staffing, proactive program management, historical background, and philosophical
underpinnings of relevant 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 and skills
for the 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
and CDEV 210
CDEV 296 Human Corps (1)
One unit of credit for 20 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 meetings with a faculty sponsor as 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. Prerequisite: CDEV 200.
CDEV 299 Individual Study (1-5)
To be arranged with the instructor.
CDEV 311 Infant/Toddler Development (5)
Focus on growth and development from conception into the preschool years. This course examines the historical context for the modern conception of child development. 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. The class will highlight a social-historical-contextual approach to the development of
young children and families. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 312 Child Development in the School
Advanced study in growth and development from early childhood to adolescence. Theoretical and research orientations focus on the dynamic interaction of domains of development and their practical applications. Classroom
discussion is based on field experiences with children in a variety of environments, examination of patterns and causes of behavior including family, community, and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 313 Adolescent Development (5)
This class in human development will examine theoretical and conceptual frameworks for the study of the social, emotional/psychological, biological/physical, cognitive, language/communicative and aesthetic aspects of human
development during adolescence. Development within the various contexts of contemporary adolescent’s cultural, familial, educational, socioeconomic, and ability contexts provides the core of class content. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 320 Individual and Family Development in Diverse Cultures (5)
An exploration of the values, attitudes, child rearing practices, family, and social relationships in a variety of 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 discuss immigrant experiences in the United States. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 350 Child Guidance, Supervision and
Examination of children’s interpersonal, emotional, and personality development, emphasizing theoretical issues and research on discipline and empathy development. Study of models of guidance and their implications for
academic, home, and clinical settings is emphasized. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 360 Parenting and Family Relations (5)
Emphasis on parent education, interpersonal communication and system awareness. Examines instructional approaches in Child Services programs to support parenting abilities and requirements for developing parenting programs
to meet parent and community goals. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 and CDEV 210.
CDEV 410 Research, Assessment and Evaluation of Children and Families (5)
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, adolescents, 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 PSYC 200, and CDEV 311, or
CDEV 312 or CDEV 313.
CDEV 414 Advanced Practicum (2)
An application of theory in various clinical and community settings. Placement is made according to specialization track. Prerequisite: Senior Standing.
CDEV 420 Advanced Techniques for Working in Child and Family Programs (4)
A course for those who wish to supervise and direct programs for children, adolescents and families. Topics will include financing, budget requirements, legal codes, planning, operating, evaluating and staff training of
Child centered programs.
CDEV 430 School, Community, and Family
Developing knowledge and skills for effective communication with adults in childhood settings including schools, and extracurricular programs for a diverse population. Topics include human relations management, processes
for supervision of adults, and parent relations within programs.
CDEV 440 Advanced Practicum in Adult
Education and Supervision (2)
Supervision experience with adults in child, adolescent, and family programs. Prerequisite: CDEV 200 or PSYC 100.
CDEV 481 Directed Research in Child
Students conduct research, assessments, and investigations 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.
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 (5)
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)
This course provides sponsored learning in a work setting, integrated with academic learning. The Cooperative Education office assists the student in finding a placement on an individual basis.
CDEV 499 Individual Study (1-5)
Students are encouraged to explore a specific topic on an individual basis. Students learn through directed readings, reflective papers, discussions with their faculty advisor, and research on the agreed upon topic. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor who will serve as mentor.