The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development includes a choice of Two Options: Option I, which prepares students to work as administrators in preschools, day care centers or youth agencies or to gain entry into careers with children and families such as Child Life Specialist or Certified Family Life Educator; or, Option II, Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation Program for the California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential. Students may elect to use Option II to complete the undergraduate degree program simultaneously with requirements for either a California Multiple Subject Teaching or Special Education Internship Credential.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, Option I, General Option, is 180, of which 101-104 units are in the major depending on specialization selected. Consult with an advisor for the specific number of units required in all areas of the degree including GE and free electives.
The total number of units required for the Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development, Option II, Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation, is 102.
Students entering the program should plan their course work with a Child and Family Studies adviser. Students seeking a credential should also consult the Charter College of Education. Current information is available in the Child and Family Studies Office and on the Department’s web page.
Admission to the Program
There are two pathways for admission to the program, one for matriculated students and one for transfers.
Matriculated students seeking admission as Child Development majors must first be accepted as pre-Child Development majors. They may apply for admission to the Child Development major following completion of at least 48 of the 60 units required in General Education courses. Furthermore, they must complete the following courses in the major with a grade of “C” or better before admission to the program: CHDV 140, CHDV 200, CHDV 210 and CHDV 220. Child Development courses with less than a “C” grade can only be repeated once. A GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for admission.
Students who transfer into CSULA seeking admission to the Child Development major are required to have completed all the General Education courses required for transfer. A grade of “C” or better is required in all transferable child development coursework and a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher is required for admission.
Students entering the program should plan their course work with a Child and Family Studies adviser. Students seeking a credential should also consult the Charter College of Education. Current information is available in the Child and Family studies office and on the department’s web page.
Departmental Honors Program
The child development major includes an honors program for students who have completed at least 16 upper division units in the Child Development core, maintained a minimum 3.5 grade point average, passed the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, and are recommended and approved by the Child and Family Studies advisers. Applications are available in the Child and Family Studies office E & T 535.