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The interdisciplinary 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 by completing a 15-unit certificate program). 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.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Master's
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Early Childhood - Master's
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The Department of Child and Family Studies focuses on understanding childhood development within the context of family function in a multicultural environment. Department coursework is designed to help students understand child growth and development from a physical, socio-emotional and cognitive perspective. Students are trained to think critically about child and developmental processes and apply their training to real life situations through a variety of fieldwork opportunities.

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
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The mission of Child Development and Family Studies is to improve the lives of children and families. We provide hands-on experiences to students through involvement in community and professional activities. Specific CDFS courses meet the education requirements for the Child Development permit from the State of California. Please see academic advisor for more information. Students may obtain a B.A. degree in Family & Consumer Sciences: Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) with an emphasis in Family Life Education or CDFS. The field of CDFS strives to improve the lives of children and families. As an integrative and interdisciplinary specialization, CDFS incorporates information from a variety of disciplines and focuses on utilizing the prevention approach to assist individuals and families 

Areas of Study
  • Development (Child, Human, or Family) - Undergraduate
  • Family Science/Studies - Undergraduate
CFLE Approved
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