Child Development

The Child, Family and Consumer Sciences Department offers three choices within the Child Development Bachelor of Science Degree.

Child Development
The Bachelor of Science in Child Development provides breadth and depth in the child and family sciences. It is an excellent foundational degree for individuals who wish to pursue careers or graduate studies in social services, education, child and family health, family law, counseling, or college teaching. It is also a degree that provides excellent preparation to those who have, or will have, families. See the General Catalog for course details.

Child Development Practitioner (CDP) Option
The Child Development Practitioner Option is an accelerated, year-round program designed to address the career objectives and academic goals of full-time professionals who work in infant, toddler, preschool, after-school, and early care and education support programs. Its goals are to cultivate professionals who 1) contribute to and foster best practice, 2) engage in and promote reflective practice, collaboration, and lifelong learning, 3) build a professional culture that thrives on inquiry and dialogue, and 4) provide leadership in the early care and education field. This option has limited enrollment. Students must meet eligibility requirements and complete a department application process (in addition to the University application process) in order to be considered for admission to this option.

Currently, the Child Development Practitioner Option is not accepting applications. Please call the department office at 559-278-2283 for further information.

Pre-Credential Option (PCO)
The Pre-Credential Option prepares prospective teachers for the challenges presented in contemporary elementary school classrooms. It provides students with in-depth coursework in child development and family science to better prepare teachers who will understand and work effectively with children and parents. In addition, the option includes interdisciplinary coursework that addresses requirements specified in the California State Standards and is aimed at developing competency in working with culturally and linguistically diverse populations characteristic of California schools and other diverse regions of the country. Emphasis is placed on practical application and pedagogy. This option provides an alternative degree path for students wishing to pursue the Multiple Subject Teaching Credential post-baccalaureate. A complete list of courses and their alternates for each requirement are provided in the General Catalog.