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Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development
The Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development requires 51 units of major coursework. All majors complete 27 units of core courses. In addition, majors choose one of four options that each include 24 units of coursework. The options allow students to focus on the population and context in which they are interested: Adolescent/Youth Development; Early Childhood Development; Elementary School Settings; and Family and Community Contexts.
A “C” (2.0) or better is required in all courses applied to the major. Course prerequisites are strictly enforced.
The option in Early Childhood Development is designed for students pursuing careers working with young children and their families. In keeping with the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s professional standards for bachelor’s programs and the education requirements of the California Child Development Permit Matrix, the coursework emphasizes children’s early development and learning; strategies to engage in developmentally appropriate practices; creation of early childhood environments rich in language, literacy, and other foundational skills; observation and assessment of young children and their environments; and effective work with diverse populations.