Child Development

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.

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
  • Psychologists
  • Teacher (Preschool, K-12, Private)
  • Teacher Assistant
  • Special Education Teacher (Preschool, K-12, Private)

Programs 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.

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

Bachelor of Arts

Additional Information

Child Development Factsheet (PDF)

Child Development Program
Phone: (916) 278-6639 | Office: Eureka Hall 401
Mail Address
College of Education, Undergraduate Studies: Child Development
6000 J Street
Sacramento, California 95819-6079