BA in Child Development (Elementary Pre-Credential)

Units required for Major: 48

Program Description

The Child Development Concentration in Elementary Pre-credential is an academic child development program with an emphasis on preparing the student to enter an elementary school (multiple-subjects) teaching credential program. It consists of the core academic child development courses, 11 units of credential prerequisite courses, and 3 units of electives, chosen from the approved list. Students who intend to pursue an elementary school (multiple subjects) teaching credential must take the CBEST exam and the CSET subject matter exam as a part of the admission requirements for the credential program. Child Development students planning to pursue the credential should work with a faculty advisor to select general education courses recommended as preparation for the CSET exam.

Program Requirements

Required Foundation Courses (14 Units)
CHDV 35Child and Adolescent Development3
CHDV 35FHuman Development and Elementary Field Experience2
CHDV 123Qualitative Methods in Human Development3
CHDV 133Quantitative Methods in Human Development3
FACS 50The Family and Social Issues 3
Required Upper Division Core Courses (20 Units) 1
CHDV 131Language Development3
CHDV 132Fieldwork in Child Development3
CHDV 135Crosscultural Child Development3
CHDV 136Developmental Experiences, Methods and Curriculum 23
CHDV 137
Cognitive Development
Cognitive Development Research Laboratory 2
CHDV 138
Social and Emotional Development
Social and Emotional Development Laboratory 2
Credential Requirements (11 Units)
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings
Educating Students with Disabilities in Inclusive Settings Lab
EDUC 170Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners3
HLSC 136School Health Education2
KINS 172Movement Education3
Elective (3 Units)
Select one elective 33
Total Units48

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 in the elementary pre-credential emphasis are required to select one course from the approved list of pre-credential electives. It is suggested that students work with a faculty advisor to select this course and are strongly urged to select courses that will assist in preparation for the CSET examination. Students may select courses from an approved list of electives below.

Elective List

Cultural Diversity
Art Education for Children
Development of Young Children as Mathematical and Scientific Thinkers
Educational Play: Theory and Practice
Mind and Brain in Developmental Context
Community Service Learning in Developmental and Educational Settings
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
Cooperative Education Experience
Special Problems
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
Field Experience in After School STEM Programs
Field Experience in After School STEM Programs: Practicum
Urban Education
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
Bilingualism in the Classroom
Introduction to Hmong Literacy
Ethnic America
Family Communication
Multicultural America
Introduction to Statistics
Crosscultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class