California State University–Bakersfield

Department of Child, Adolescent, & Family Studies
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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
  • 45% Human Development
  • 45% Preschool Administrator Education
  • 10% Family Science
Campus Enrollment
8,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
Areas of Study
  • Child or Adolescent Science/Studies - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
  • Early Childhood - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Master's
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
Department Address

9001 Stockdale Highway
Educ. 22
Bakersfield, CA 93311
United States

Phone Number
661-654-3494
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child, Adolescent, & Family Studies
  • Early Childhood & Family Studies
Undergrad 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
Undergrad Comments

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.

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.