California State University–Bakersfield

Department of Child, Adolescent, & Family Studies

About the Program

Last Updated: 
January 01, 2009

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies Department in the College of Education offers a Bachelor of Arts degree with two primary areas of concentration: Elementary Education and Caring for Children and Adolescents in Formal Settings. We also have a general track for all other folks who want to work with children, but are not sure in what way. We also offer the Early Childhood Education concentration in the Master of Arts in Education.

Program Overview

Program Administrator: 
Dr. Christie Howell
Department Emphasis: 
Area Percentage
  Human Development45%
  Preschool Administrator Education45%
  Family Science10%
Campus Enrollment: 
Programs Options: 
Undergraduate, Master's

Undergraduate Program

Program Options: 
  • Child, Adolescent, & Family Studies
  • Early Childhood & Family Studies
Courses Offered: 
  • Introduction to Child, Adolescent, and Family Development
  • Observation of Children
  • Child, Family and Community
  • Curriculum Procedures and Materials and Laboratory for Young Children
  • Curriculum Procedures and Materials and Laboratory for School Aged Children
  • Introduction to Leadership within Child and Family Programs
  • Child Health, Safety and Nutrition
  • Infant/Toddler Development
  • Child Development in the School Years
  • Adolescent Development
  • Individual and Family Development in Diverse Cultures
  • Child Guidance and Management
  • Parenting and Family Relations
  • Introduction to Research methods
  • Research, Assessment and Evaluation of Children and Families
  • Advanced Practicum
  • Advanced Techniques for Working in Child and Family Settings
  • Parent and Family Education
  • Advanced Practicum in Parent and Family Education
  • Senior Seminar

The Child, Adolescent, and Family Studies Program offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts Degree. This program highlights diverse theories, milestones across developmental domains, family systems, ethics, and developmental research methods. The major focuses on the biological, cognitive, psychological, and sociological foundations of child behavior and development. Through a variety of courses, students obtain knowledge and refine skills in observing, assessing, interpreting, and implementing programs for children and families; working with and supervising child-centered programs; participating in supportive structures for children and adolescents; and understanding families from diverse backgrounds.

Graduate Program

Dr. Christie Howell
Courses Offered: 
  • Seminar in Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Growth and Cognitive Development
  • Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Family and Community Involvement in Education
  • Human Development: A Lifespan Perspective
  • Supervision and Administration of Early Childhood and Family Education Programs
  • Internship in Administration and Supervision and Administration of Childrens Program
  • Creative Experiences for Early Childhood Education Settings
  • Special Topics in Early Childhood and Family Education
  • Early Childhood Field Experience

Master's Level

Program Options: 
  • Early Childhood & Family Studies

The primary orientations of the concentration are toward improvement of teaching, design, and development of programs, curricula, and the utilization of research in child and family centered programs. Appropriate concerns are methods, materials, plans, research data, and procedures pertinent to early childhood and family education. The specialization in early childhood and family education is obtainable in conjunction with the regular elementary credential, and the Master of Arts in Education degree.


Faculty at California State University–Bakersfield