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2013-2015 University Catalog 
2013-2015 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child and Adolescent Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Kari Knutson Miller

Department Office/Website

Education Classroom 503


Jason Baker, Katherine Bono, Ioakim Boutakidis, Nathalie Carrick, Rachel Fenning, Leslie Grier, Diana Wright Guerin, Leigh Hobson, Janna Kim, Kari Knutson Miller, Pamella Oliver, James Rodriguez, Sharon Seidman, Sharon Willmer, Shelli Wynants, Shu-Chen Yen


The Bachelor of Science in Child and Adolescent Development (CHAD) is designed to provide students with empirically derived knowledge about bio-physical, socio-emotional and cognitive developmental milestones from conception through adolescence; individual and cultural differences; and common variations in development. Students develop critical thinking, writing and oral presentation skills in preparation to be professionals working with children and families. Our curriculum provides broad undergraduate preparation for students interested in early care and education, elementary education, special education and a variety of youth-related social service careers, as well as graduate study in disciplines such as child development, counseling, developmental psychology and social work.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

The following goals and learning outcomes have been established for students pursuing a degree in Child and Adolescent Development:

Comprehension of theories, concepts and research outcomes

  • Describe and/or explain relevant theories, concepts and related research findings
  • Describe normative development
  • Describe individual, cultural and environmental differences
  • Identify the purpose and structure of community and government systems

Information literacy and research analysis skills

  • Identify, access, analyze and synthesize relevant sources
  • Critically analyze research studies

Communication skills

  • Write effectively in APA style, taking purpose and audience into account
  • Make effective oral presentations, taking purpose and audience into account

Professional, ethical and reflective practice with diverse populations

  • Apply theories, concepts and research findings to promote child well-being
  • Identify relevant ethical and legal issues and the impact of possible actions in real-world situations

Academic Advisement

Academic advisement is provided at both the Fullerton and Irvine campuses through regularly scheduled Overview of the Major sessions and individual student advising appointments. During their first semester as a major, students are required to attend an Overview of the Major session and are expected to consult with a department adviser to develop an academic plan to ensure efficient progress towards graduation. Consult the department website or contact the department office for a schedule of Overview of the Major sessions and available individual advisement appointments.

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ScienceNon-Degree


      Child and Adolescent Studies

      Courses are designated as CAS in the Class Schedule.

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