Undergraduate Studies: Child Development

Program Overview

Child Development is the study of the physical, socio-emotional, and cognitive growth and development of the child from conception through adolescence. The purposes of this major are to provide a sound academic program in Child Development and prepare students to work with children and families in a variety of school and community settings.

Students working toward the Bachelor of Arts degree may select one of five concentrations: Early Development, Care and Education (EDCE), Individualized Concentration, Elementary Pre-Credential, Social and Community Settings, and Integrated Pre-Credential Subject Matter Program.

In collaboration with the College of Continuing Education, a mixed-media hybrid distance education version of the EDCE program is also 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.

Program Resources

Factsheet pdf document

Career Options

Child Development students pursue careers in elementary school teaching; preschool teaching and administration; child-care and after-school employment; parent education; community college teaching; or work with a variety of counseling, social service and community agencies. The undergraduate major also prepares students for graduate studies in child development, elementary or special education, human development, social work or counseling. Possible careers include:

Child Care Teacher
Child Care Worker
Child Development Specialist
Director (Facility Owner, Community Activity, Youth Services)
Education Administrators
Instructional Coordinators
Teacher (Preschool, K-12, Private)
Teacher Assistant
Special Education Teacher (Preschool, K-12, Private)

Admission Requirements

See concentrations below

Courses Offered

Please review the program description and course listings in the Course Catalog. (follow the Bachelor of Arts link)

Degrees Offered

Bachelor of Arts: Concentrations in Child Development
In the Child Development major, students can choose from one of five concentrations. All concentrations provide a broad liberal education with a sound academic programs in child development from infancy through adolescence. The concentrations differ in their elective courses. The program is designed to prepare students interested in a broad range of careers that serve children and their families. Please speak with a faculty advisor to determine which concentration might be best for you.

Possible concentrations:

Bachelor of Arts: EDCE Program Offered through the College of Continuing Education


More Information

Child Development Program

Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401

Mailing Address
College of Education | Undergraduate Studies: Child Development
Sacramento State | 6000 J Street | Sacramento, California 95819-6079