Child Development (M.S.)
The focus of the program is on social and emotional development and on child development in context (e.g., early childhood education programs, schools, families, communities). This program can help students move on to Ph.D. programs in related areas, and to further their professional expertise and credentials in areas related to children and families.
The Master of Science degree in child development is one of only 2 child development programs available in the CSU. With 101 community college child development programs, following the mandate of the Ryan Act, in California and 17 undergraduate programs within the CSU system, the M.S. program in child development plays a major role in training professionals for the State and region. The Department of Child and Family Development plays a leadership role in integration of curricula for community colleges and the CSU.