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2020-2021 University Catalog 
2020-2021 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Child and Adolescent Development, Option in Adolescent/Youth Development, B.S.

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(120 UNITS)

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.

Option in Adolescent/Youth Development (24 units)

The option in Adolescent/Youth Development provides an in-depth study of concepts and strategies central to understanding and supporting healthy adolescent development and the transition to adulthood. It is designed to provide foundational knowledge for students intending to work with youth in diverse contexts, including:

  • non-profit, youth development and community-based organizations
  • social service, social work and juvenile justice programs
  • school and special education settings, from middle school to the transition to college

Coursework within the option also prepares students for graduate studies in education, social work, counseling, psychology and other related fields. 

Option-Specific Assessment Course (3 units)

Topical Development Course in Diversity (3 units)

The course selected to fulfill the diversity requirement cannot be double-counted toward other topical development course requirements.

Additional Information

At least three of the six option-specific courses from Topical Development Course in Diversity and Topical Developmental Courses must be from CAS

Total (120 units)

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