BA in Child Development (Individualized)

Units required for Major: 49-50

Program Description

Child Development Individualized concentration is an interdisciplinary program made up of the core academic child development courses and 14–15 units of electives, from a wide variety of fields, such as education, art, public policy, nursing, or criminal justice, just to name a few. This major is flexible to allow students to design their program to closely align with personal and career objectives. The program handbook and Web site include a current list of approved electives. However, the students should select their electives in consultation with a major advisor.

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 elective units 314 - 15
Total Units49-50

Completion of or concurrent enrollment in CHDV 123 and 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. Students 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
Administration and Supervision of Early Childhood Programs
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
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
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
Field Experience in After School STEM Programs
Field Experience in After School STEM Programs: Practicum
Introduction to Counseling 4
Power, Privilege and Self Identity in Counseling 4
Child and Family Psychopathology 4
Urban Education
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
Bilingual Education: Introduction to Educating English Learners
Bilingualism in the Classroom
Introduction to Hmong Literacy
Ethnic America
Family Communication
Child Life and Family-Centered Care
School Health Education
Multicultural America
Movement Education
Introduction to Statistics
Crosscultural Theory and Practice: Issues of Race, Gender and Class

Cannot count as major electives if used for the Minor in Counseling.