Child Development


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Douglass Hall 214

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Brighton Hall 101

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.

The Master of Arts in Child Development program offers an opportunity for the advanced study of developmental theory and research in preparation for a wide range of professional objectives.

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.

The MA program prepares graduates for professional employment in a variety of settings, including working directly with infants, children and their families, teaching at the community college level, and preparing for additional study toward a doctoral degree in child development or a related field.

Child Development Programs

Bachelor of Arts: 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.


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

Masters of Arts in Child Development

Additional Information

Child Development BA Factsheet (PDF)

Child Development MA Factsheet (PDF)

Academic and Program Services
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401
CHDV MA Program Coordinator:
Dr. Patrick Pieng -