San Diego State University

Department of Child & Family Development
CFLE Approved
Last Updated

The major in child development prepares students for a variety of professional specialties. Graduates with competencies in this major find positions in preschools, day care centers, schools, hospitals, clinics, residential institutions, counseling centers, mental health centers, public welfare agencies, family service agencies, family planning clinics, community programs, business and industry, and government agencies. Students may prepare for teaching credentials and specialized certification (e.g., a teacher of single/multiple subjects in elementary or secondary education, or a family life educator). The Child Development major provides preparation for graduate study in child or family development, social work, counselor or special education, law and the social sciences. Descriptions of career opportunities of the major and ways to meet credential and certification requirements are available from the undergraduate adviser.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Karen Myers-Bowman (chair)
Department Emphasis
  • 50% Child/Human Development
  • 50% Family Studies
Campus Enrollment
36,000
Program Options
  • Undergraduate
  • Master’s
Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
Department Address

5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-4502
United States

Phone Number
619-594-5380
Undergraduate Program
Undergrad Program Options
  • Child Development Specialist
  • Family Development Specialist
Undergrad Courses Offered
  • Principles of Family Development
  • Principles of Child Development Lab
  • Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Child, Family, and Community
  • Learning Environments & Developmentally Appropriate Practice
  • Interactions in Families
  • Parenting the Young Child
  • Parenting the School-Aged Child
  • Parenting Teens and Young Adults
  • Research Methods
  • Human Development: Infant Toddler
  • Human Development: Early/Middle Childhood
  • Human Development: Adolescence & Adulthood
  • Adult Supervision in Child & Family Development Programs
  • Practicum Experiences with Infants & Toddlers
  • Preschool & Kindergarten Laboratory Experiences
  • Child & Family Development Laboratory Experiences
  • Promoting Behavior Support and Classroom Organization in Early Childhood Settings
  • Administration of Child Development Programs
  • Divorce & Remarriage
  • Child Abuse & Domestic Violence
  • Theories of Socio-Emotional Development
  • Public Policy & Professional Ethics in Child & Family Development
  • Conflict Resolution Across the Lifespan
  • Children with Special Needs
  • Children with Special Needs Lab
  • Theories & Approaches to Emotional Regulation in Childcare Settings
  • Advanced Field Experiences
  • Ecobehavioral Assessment & Intervention
  • Special Study
Undergrad Accreditations/Approval
CFLE
Undergrad Comments

The interdisciplinary major in child development draws from many fields of study, including biology, psychology, and sociology, and prepares students for a variety of professional specialties. Graduates with competencies in this major find positions in preschools, day care centers, schools, hospitals, clinics, residential institutions, counseling centers, mental health centers, social services and public welfare agencies, family service agencies, family planning clinics, community programs, business and industry, and government agencies.

Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Alyson Shapiro (MS), Lisa Linder (MS-ECMH), and Dan Bacon (EC-TEaMH)
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Divorce and Remarriage
  • Child Abuse and Domestic Violence
  • Conflict Resolution Across the Life Span
  • Public Policy and Professional Ethics in Child and Family Development
  • Advanced Administration of Child Development Programs
  • Children with Special Needs & Lab
  • Advanced Studies in Child and Family Development
  • Theories of Socio-emotional Development
  • Seminar in Family Processes
  • Seminar in Human Development
  • Advanced Field Experiences
  • Research Methods and Program Development
  • Special Study
  • Thesis
  • Thesis Extension
  • Comprehensive Examination Extension
Master's Level
Masters Program Options
  • Child Development
  • Early Childhood Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) - Certificate Program
Masters Comments

The Department of Child and Family Development offers graduate study leading to the Master of Science degree in child development. Graduates qualify for administrator, coordinator, or service provider positions in preschools, day care centers, schools, hospitals, hospice centers, clinics, residential institutions, counseling centers, mental health centers, public welfare agencies, family service agencies, family planning clinics, community programs, business and industry, and government agencies. Graduates also qualify as community college instructors and can continue their education for the doctoral degree in human development or a related field.

Certificate Programs:

Early Childhood-Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health (EC-TEaMH) Graduate Certificate- EC-TEaMH is an interdisciplinary program focusing on professional preparation and skills enhancement of early childhood educators who work with young children who demonstrate socio-emotional and behavioral problems and their parents.

The EC-TEaMH certificate program follows the California Compendium Training Guidelines, Personnel Competencies, and Professional Endorsement Criteria for Infant-Family and Early Childhood Mental Health, 2016. It includes two main areas: knowledge and experience. The knowledge base is comprised of four foundation classes. Two practicum courses that include clinical experience/supervision in early childhood settings and programs are accompanied by Reflective Practice Facilitation (total of 120 hours of supervised practicum).

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.

Program Approved Since
7/1/2010
CFLE Contact
Karen Myers-Bowman, PhD, CFLE
CFLE Contact Email