BA in Child Development (Early Development, Care, and Education)

Units required for Major: 49-50

Program Description

The Child Development Concentration in EDCE prepares students to work in child care settings with children from infancy through pre-kindergarten. The program consists of the core child development academic program and 14–15 units of electives with a focus of study on developmental theory, systematic observation and assessment, and pre-school curriculum development. Students have opportunities for first-hand experience working with infants and children, and can complete most of the ECE requirements for a child development permit. Students planning to obtain the California Child Development permit for preschool/day care teaching or administration should consult a faculty advisor for information about specific course and field-work requirements and application process.

In collaboration with the College of Continuing Education, a mixed-media hybrid distance education version is currently offered. The coursework consists of 41-51 course units to meet EDCE requirements and 9 units of upper division coursework to meet the CSU general education and writing requirements. For more information visit the College of Continuing Education's Website

Program Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (12 Units)
CHDV 30Human Development3
or CHDV 35 Child and Adolescent Development
CHDV 123Qualitative Methods in Human Development3
CHDV 133Quantitative Methods in Human Development3
FACS 50The Family and Social Issues 3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (23 Units) 1
CHDV 131Language Development3
CHDV 132Fieldwork in Child Development3
CHDV 135Crosscultural Child Development3
CHDV 136Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum3
or COMS/FACS 108 Family Communication
CHDV 137
Cognitive Development
Cognitive Development Research Laboratory 2
CHDV 138
Social and Emotional Development
Social and Emotional Development Laboratory 2
CHDV/FACS 154Issues in Parenting3
Electives (14-15 Units)
Select 14-15 units of approved electives. 314 - 15
Total Units49-50

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHDV 123 or CHDV 133 is required for registration in required upper division core courses.


CHDV 137/CHDV 137L or CHDV 138/CHDV 138L are not recommended to be taken in the same semester.


Students are required to select an additional 14-15 units of approved electives to provide understanding of the physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence. These electives should also apply to the area of concentration. Student may select courses from an approved list of electives below.

Elective List:

Cultural Diversity
Art Education for Children
Adult Supervision and Mentoring In Early Childhood Programs 4
Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs 4
Human Development and Elementary Field Experience
Development of Young Children as Mathematical and Scientific Thinkers
Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum
Educational Play: Theory and Practice
Coordination of Early Childhood Programs 4
History of Childhood: International and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
Mind and Brain in Developmental Context
Controversial Issues in Childhood Development, Education, and Social Policy
Early Literacy Development in First and Second Language
Early Literacy Development in First and Second Language Practicum
Apprenticeship in Advanced Child Development
Infant and Toddler: Development and Care 4
Cooperative Education Experience
Special Problems
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings Lab
Literature For Children
Multicultural Children's Literature
Tutoring Children in Mathematics
Tutoring Children in Mathematics: Practicum
Tutoring Children in Reading
Tutoring Children in Reading Practicum
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners
Introduction to Hmong Literacy
Ethnic America
Family Communication
Multicultural America
Movement Education
Introduction to Statistics
Crosscultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class

Recommended for the Child Development Permit.